Yesterday Roger Stone was characterized as a “Libertarian Political Strategist” by FOX News. Last month he was identified as a “Libertarian who advised Governor Gary Johnson during his presidential bid” on OFF THE GRID WITH JESSE VENTURA. Not disclosed in either interview was his current status as a highly paid “Communications Consultant” for Republican Primary Candidate Donald Trump ($4,000+/week for 7 weeks in April/May 2015). In 2000, Stone also reportedly ran Trump’s Exploratory Committee for POTUS. (See links to FEC reports and other news coverage at Media Matters.)
A partial transcript of Stone’s appearance on OFF THE GRID and link to the full interview follow.
VENTURA: Roger Stone says, “The Democrats and Republicans are no different. They have joined together to become one party; the big-spending party, the big-spying party, the big-debt party.”
VENTURA: . . . Is 2016 the year of the Libertarian Movement?
VENTURA: He spent forty years as a GOP operative and consultant. . . . In 2012, he officially left the Republican Party for the Libertarians and advised Governor Gary Johnson during his presidential bid. . . . You are considering running as a Libertarian candidate for the US Senate in Florida? That’s exciting.
STONE: . . . You have run for office; you know how grueling it is. I am not going to spend 19 months running. I would get in near the filing (date, July 2016) and I would give it my all. I have no illusions about winning, but I would run to win.
STONE: Look, Jesse, who better to expose the two parties than a guy who spent forty years in the corrupted rectum of the two-party system? . . . The government lies to us, they spy on us, they shake us down when we try to go through the airport, they frisk us, they are listening to our phone calls, they are monitoring our email, and they are borrowing money for foreign wars where our interests are not clear.
VENTURA: . . . Why are they spying on us? Why are they doing all of these things to the people of the United States at this time?
STONE: The whole left/right divide is a Hegelian Device that is used to divide us and keep us bickering with each other, while there is an elite establishment in Washington that runs things. They are not really left nor right; they are not liberal nor conservative; they are about money, power, keeping control of the American people, and incumbency. They fight on CNN; they fight on C-SPAN, then when they turn off the cameras, they slap each other on the back and they go out to dinner together. They are all in it together; the two parties are identical, but they try to sound different.
STONE: When you get an outstanding Independent who will get into the race, like you did in Minnesota, and give the people a third way, a better way, a different way, I think that many times the American People will choose it. . . .
STONE: In our last presidential election, 74 percent of the voters said in polls that they wished they had another choice; they did not like the choice between Obama and Romney. Now you and I know there was a third choice – Governor Gary Johnson who got a huge boost from your endorsement; got on the ballot in 48 states, very successful Governor of New Mexico, cut taxes, had a surplus, backed the government out of people’s private lives, their bedrooms and their businesses, and, of course, the national media gave him a blank, they did not cover him. He wasn’t allowed in the debates because the presidential commission on debates is not . . . about debate; it’s about keeping the Republicans and the Democrats on the stage and keeping someone like a Jesse Ventura or a Governor Gary Johnson out of the debates. So the American People never know that there is another alternative.
VENTURE: Maybe if Gary and I teamed up . . .
The full interview can be seen here: