UPDATE (8/5): Under attack, paid Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone is defending his attacks against commentators Roland Martin and Ana Navarro as “quota hires.” Stone fired off a series of tweets claiming, among other things, that “If u have and heard Ana Nararro and Roland Martin they are so dumb and unqualified that one can reach no other conclusion.”
Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera also called on Trump to dump Stone, tweeting that Martin and Navarro “have twice the intellect and integrity of @RogerStone. @realDonaldTrump doesn't need thugs like him.” That tweet led to the following exchange between Stone and Rivera:
@RogerJStoneJr when I see you around Fox News I'm going to kick your racist ass punk
-- Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) August 5, 2015
Stone wrote in a July 28 tweet:
-- Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) July 28, 2015
He also asked on July 12 whether Navarro is a “quota” hire:
-- Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) July 13, 2015
Martin is an African-American commentator who works as a syndicated columnist and as the host and managing editor of TV One's NewsOne Now. He was previously a CNN contributor. Navarro is a Hispanic CNN political commentator and Republican strategist. She is a longtime friend and former employee of former Gov. Jeb Bush and worked for him in Florida.
Trump's presidential campaign paid Stone's company, Drake Ventures, a total of $30,000 in April and May, according to Trump's most recent campaign filing. Stone has a long history of advising Trump, and is reportedly “among the team advising Trump on messaging for” the August 6 Fox News debate.
The Trump campaign recently fired political adviser Sam Nunberg “after racially charged Facebook posts he allegedly wrote were uncovered.” Nunberg, CNN and others noted, is “an associate of political strategist and former Richard Nixon aide Roger Stone.”
Stone is a professional dirty trickster who once formed an anti-Hillary Clinton group with the acronym “C.U.N.T.” after he tried “to come up with words for B.I.T.C.H. and just couldn't do it.” He's also endorsed birther smears against President Obama and the smear that Michelle Obama is on tape calling white people “whiteys.”
Stone's recent tweets include harsh attacks against the Bush family. He wrote, “I'd rather drink my own piss than see spoiled ,elitist crook Jeb Bush in the White House” ; claimed Barbara Bush “was stinking drunk at Jeb's announcement #blotto #bombed #shit-faced"; and tweeted that the “The Bush Crime Famiy” has “a history of privilege, money, fraud, drugs, murder and ambition.”