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Roger Stone: 40 years Republican, 2012 Libertarian, now back on (R) Trump Payroll?

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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:

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Joseph Buchman

Joe is a retired, formerly tenured professor of marketing and finance with a passion for adventure travel, chasing total solar eclipses, and Burning Man. He is a long-time volunteer with the Sundance Film Festival, former Chair of the Utah Libertarian Party, former Chair of the LP Platform Committee, and former Chair and three-term member of the LP's financial Audit Committee. Joe and Cindy have raised four highly successful children, several cats, and yet have generally failed miserably with every houseplant ever gifted to them.

28 Comments

  1. Andy Andy July 21, 2015

    “Not disclosed was his actual current status as a highly paid ‘Communications Consultant’ for Republican Primary Candidate Donald Trump ($4,000+/week for the past 7 weeks).”

    $4 G’s a week for being a Communications Consultant. That’s a sweet gig if you can get it.

  2. Joseph Buchman Joseph Buchman Post author | July 21, 2015

    Maybe he is the one who told Trump to attack McCain’s “War Hero” status.

  3. Joe Wendt Joe Wendt July 21, 2015

    Hopefully Stone’s connection with Trump will be beneficial to Augustus Invictus’ Senate campaign and dissuade people from supporting Stone.

  4. trying again trying again July 21, 2015

    “Augustus Invictus” sounds like a fake wrestler’s fake name. An ego-freak type character who gave himself that name.

    Maybe Stone was advising Trump on how to run for the LP nomination.

  5. NewFederalist NewFederalist July 21, 2015

    What’s with the Moshe Dayan look?

  6. Andy Andy July 21, 2015

    “trying again

    July 21, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    ‘Augustus Invictus’ sounds like a”

    It’s a fancy name, and he talks like an overly dramatic Southern aristocrat. I could picture him in a suit, sitting on the porch of a big plantation house sipping on mint julep.

  7. jill pyeatt jill pyeatt July 21, 2015

    Hmmm, would that be a Che Guevara T-shirt that Jesse’s wearing?

  8. Andy Andy July 21, 2015

    I think that Jesse is into things that sound populist and anti-establishment.

  9. paulie paulie July 21, 2015

    What’s with the Moshe Dayan loo

    Likes playing pirate.

  10. paulie paulie July 21, 2015

    Hopefully Stone’s connection with Trump will be beneficial to Augustus Invictus’ Senate campaign and dissuade people from supporting Stone.

  11. Joseph Buchman Joseph Buchman Post author | July 21, 2015

    What’s with the Moshe Dayan look? / Likes playing pirate.

    He says in the full interview that he was injured in a boxing match. Just like Harry Reid, I guess . . .

  12. paulie paulie July 21, 2015

    Oh? Pretty sure I have seen him without the patch and did not notice anything wrong with his eye. Maybe my memory is just bad.

  13. Joseph Buchman Joseph Buchman Post author | July 22, 2015

    It is Ventura’s first question in the video interview.

    Ventura: Are you Captain Jack Sparrow? . . .

    Stone: I took a couple of shots to the head and got a detached retina. . . . It’s a couple of months recovery.

  14. paulie paulie July 22, 2015

    That didn’t start just now. He’s worn eye patches in the past, too. So, I don’t think he is necessarily being honest about that.

  15. Election Addict Election Addict July 22, 2015

    “Hmmm, would that be a Che Guevara T-shirt that Jesse’s wearing?”

    No doubt. Ventura’s controversial respect for Castro goes back years. (which reminds me that he’s not as much of a libertarian lap dog as I sometimes think)

    I don’t think Rand Paul would look good with shorter hair, and Santorum’s sweater vests suit him. Stone lacks substance.

  16. Green_w_o_Adjectives Green_w_o_Adjectives July 22, 2015

    “Ventura: Are you Captain Jack Sparrow? . . .”

    Good to see Jesse is finding the time for a little Black Sails 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFO3FHFdB0Y

    “These men convinced you that they speak for you. That the power you’ve given them is used in your interest. That the prisoner before you is your enemy and they your friends. For those of you who live to see tomorrow… Know that you had a chance to see the truth, and you let yourselves be convinced otherwise.”

    =Captain Charles Vane

  17. Mark Axinn Mark Axinn July 22, 2015

    >So, I don’t think he is necessarily being honest about that.

    Say it ain’t so.

  18. Nathan Norman Nathan Norman July 22, 2015

    It should be noted that the Nathan Norman campaign for president has been endorsed by Augustus Invictus and Tom Stevens.

  19. NewFederalist NewFederalist July 22, 2015

    Oh goody for you!

  20. Nicholas Sarwark Nicholas Sarwark July 22, 2015

    It should be noted that the Nathan Norman campaign for president has been endorsed by Augustus Invictus and Tom Stevens.

    That’s very useful information for the delegates at the 2016 Libertarian National Convention to know.

  21. Jed Ziggler Jed Ziggler July 22, 2015

    Wasn’t Nathan Norman permabanned?

  22. Nathan Norman Nathan Norman July 23, 2015

    I don’t think I was. I haven’t been commenting as much lately because I am so busy as a presidential candidate. The movement is growing. We have 109 strong ready to march into Orlando and seize the nomination. We are growing by the day and should reach 5,000 before the convention.

  23. paulie paulie July 23, 2015

    Wasn’t Nathan Norman permabanned?

    Yes, but it depends on one of us being here to catch it. I am leaving these up since you responded to him. Next time, please mark any of his comments as spam.

  24. paulie paulie July 23, 2015

    Say it ain’t so.

    Shocking, I know.

  25. paulie paulie July 23, 2015

    Nathan Norman would now like to clarify that Invictus and Stevens actually just liked his facebook page, which he considers to be an endorsement.

  26. paulie paulie July 23, 2015

    We have 109 strong ready to march into Orlando and seize the nomination

    By which he also means likes on his facebook page.

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