You guys remember a little over a year ago, July 21, 2016, to be exact, when I awarded my Idiot of the Week award to Roger Stone and his ex-wife, Ann? Believe it or not, that simple little piece has been my most wide-read ever and is still garnering views even today, more than a year later! To date it has had 2,579 views, the majority of which have occurred this year, rather than last. Why? Because he keeps doing idiotic things, keeps his name in the news, and when I Googled ‘Roger Stone’ yesterday, mine was the 6th entry after the usual ‘top news’ and ‘Twitter’ entries. But, I am not here today to talk about the popularity of that single post, but rather to expound on the continual idiocy of the subject of said post.
Knowing full well what an idiot the man is, I typically just ‘walk on by’ when I see his name in the news. But today, I saw this headline, or variations thereof, no less than three times, so with a decidedly put-upon sigh, I clicked.
Trump adviser Roger Stone warns any politician who votes to impeach him would ‘endanger their own life’
“Try to impeach him. Just try it,” Stone said. “You will have a spasm of violence in this country, an insurrection like you’ve never seen. Both sides are heavily armed, my friend, This is not 1974. People will not stand for impeachment. A politician that votes for it would be endangering their own life.”
You will remember that just before the Republican National Convention last year, when some feared that establishment party officials might seek to steer delegates away from Trump, Stone threatened to reveal where delegates who flipped on Trump were staying during the convention. Just the sort we need in these already troubled times, eh? Never mind that two recent polls show some 40%-43% of Americans are now in favour of impeachment.
But that isn’t all our ol’ idiot has been up to in the past week.
In response to Arizona Senator John McCain’s criticism of Trump for pardoning former Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday, Stone tweeted …
“Karma about to get you, @SenJohnMcCain and you will burn in hell for all eternity”
Out of curiosity, I visited Stone’s website, The Stone Zone, and was somewhat surprised to see that a large number of the headlines on his front page were in favour of legalizing marijuana. Now, I am neither for nor against that issue … I simply don’t care, as I don’t use the stuff and see much more important issues to argue for. I just thought it was interesting that this seems to be his pet peeve, and he even claims that he believes he almost has Trump talked into it. Such maturity, yes? And in the same vein, during a recent interview, he was asked what he thought Trump’s dumbest move since taking office has been … his response? “Letting Sessions and Kelly and Chris Christie prattle on and on about gearing up a new war on drugs. Stupidest idea I’ve ever heard.” I begin to wonder if there may be a reason for his idiocy? Perhaps a bit too much of the wacky weed in his younger days?
And finally, Stone forwarded an email from former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli that called for the ouster of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, I am no fan of McConnell and have my own bones to pick with him, but for reasons that are 180° from the reasons Cuccinelli & Stone state:
“Senator Mitch McConnell’s failed leadership is killing President Trump’s conservative agenda and there is no sign this will change. It’s time for Senate Republicans to elect a new leader who will fight to save our country! The president is right to question Mitch McConnell’s leadership because he is responsible for electing all of the liberal Republicans who are how blocking the president’s agenda.”
Huh??? Liberal Republicans? Where … where … ???
Stone’s role in Trump’s campaign and potential contacts with Russia have come under scrutiny. The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked Stone to preserve all documents related to any Russian contacts. The Committee Vice Chair, Senator Mark Warner, called on Stone to testify before the committee, saying he “hit the trifecta” of shady dealings with Russia. Paul Manafort and Stone were business partners throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and in a June interview with CNN Money, Stone said that Trump should fire both Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general.
If it were possible, I would award Mr. Roger Stone a 2nd Idiot of the Week award, but it is against the rules. Joking aside, though, the danger in this man’s brazen trash talk is that he is, though not on the White House payroll, a close advisor and confidant of Trump’s. And he is a public figure with a venue to reach large groups of people who listen to him and to what I consider his calls for violence, his incitement to take up arms against those who would like to see Trump removed from office.