Roger Stone's criminal trial in Washington, D.C., commenced with an impressive number of unfortunate events and theatrics. A courtroom spectator had a seizure, Stone left early on the first day of jury selection because of "food poisoning," InfoWars jackass Alex Jones threatened to out a juror (Hello, Justice Department?), and the presiding judge ordered the jury not to watch The Godfather.
And we still have two weeks left of this.
The spectacle was fitting of the foul-mouthed Florida man, who faces charges of witness tampering, making false statements, and obstruction relating to the investigation into Russian interference of the 2016 election.
We have a feeling Stone's trial will do nothing to temper his crazy. So now seems as good a time as any to look back on some of his wildest moments.
5. The time Stone revealed what we already suspected about his love affair with a Florida extremist group (February 2019):
"In court today, Stone...admitted something that most observers had expected for quite a while: He's working closely with various members of the Florida chapter of the Proud Boys, the hard-right, pro-Trump, semifascist group with numerous ties to harder-core white-supremacist organizations.
"According to multiple reporters in the courtroom today, Stone has admitted he's coordinating extensively with the group. Stone even said that Jacob Engels — a notorious alt-right InfoWars reporter and all but admitted member of the Proud Boys — has access to Stone's cell phone and social media accounts."
4. The time Stone fanned the flames of a conspiracy theory about a Democratic National Committee staffer's murder (May 2017):
"Three days ago, Fox News retracted an explosive story: The FBI was probing whether murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich had sent thousands of emails to WikiLeaks before his mysterious death. Everyone, from the U.S. intelligence community to cybersecurity pros, says the claim is nonsense: The nearly universal consensus is that Russian hackers took the DNC emails that ended up in Julian Assange's hands in an attempt to sway the U.S. presidential election.
"Rich's parents penned a heartfelt Washington Post op-ed pleading with conservative media to stop spreading conspiracy theories about their son — a column that has helped spark a mass advertising exodus from Sean Hannity, who has stubbornly refused to back down from the claims.
"But Hannity isn't the only media force still pushing the almost certainly bogus Seth Rich-WikiLeaks claims. South Florida's Roger Stone continues to give the conspiracy theories heavy play through his show on InfoWars, his social media accounts, and on his own site, the Stone Zone. Doesn't he feel any need to back down given the rumors' widespread debunking and the Rich family's requests to stop?
"'Their right to privacy is important, but not as important as the public's right to the truth,' Stone says in a text message to New Times. 'Frankly, at this point, the parents should be charged with obstruction.'"
3. The time Stone played psychic and "predicted" there'd be violence if Trump is impeached (August 2017):
"Florida marijuana advocate, campaign-donation rainmaker, and possible Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Morgan refuses to drop longtime political shyster Roger Stone from his national marijuana-advocacy team. Morgan has been warned repeatedly that Stone's presence will end up tanking the entire project (not to mention Morgan political reputation), but Morgan maintains that Stone is one of the few people able to sway President Donald Trump on marijuana reform.
"But so far, the Fort Lauderdale operative hasn't been able to keep himself out of trouble. Yesterday TMZ cornered Stone at Los Angeles International Airport, and Stone did what any normal, responsible human would do with a news camera shoved in his face: casually hinted that any lawmakers who hypothetically voted to impeach Trump would be murdered. The guy knows how to command eyeballs.
"'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.'"
2. In keeping with the right's obsession with the Clintons, the time Stone called Hillary an "evil lesbian" in a book chock full of Clinton conspiracy theories (October 2015):
"Last week, while Hillary Clinton was in the middle of a marathon congressional hearing defending herself in relation to the Benghazi incident, Roger Stone was at the Fort Lauderdale Barnes & Noble giving a talk about his newly released book, The Clintons' War on Women. Tonight, Stone will appear on Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO.
"Stone is a longtime political operative who has worked for nine presidential candidates and three presidents, from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump. He is known for employing "dirty tricks" to smear political rivals. His prior book alleged that Lyndon B. Johnson arranged the murder of President Kennedy.
"He told New Times in a phone interview that his new book is 'the definitive exposé of Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton.' It explores what he calls 'the dysfunctional nature of the Clintons' marriage, which is about power and money. My book is a true story of serial rape, intimidation, strong-arm tactics, lies, drugs, and power lust.'"
1. And perhaps the dumbest of moments — the time Stone posted a photo showing crosshairs on top of the judge presiding over his case (February 2019):
"As Roger Stone heads to court today to defend an apparent threat he aimed at the judge in his case, it's a good time to look at his disturbing history of making similar threats of violence, domestic terrorism, and even civil war.
"Stone, the Fort Lauderdale resident arrested in an FBI raid last month on charges related to the Mueller investigation, has repeatedly suggested violence and assassination during the tumultuous presidency of his longtime boss, Donald Trump.
"A couple of those examples make the Instagram post calling special counsel Robert Mueller 'a deep state hitman' and depicting Judge Amy Berman Jackson with crosshairs look tame in comparison.
"In December 2017, he and fellow conspiracy theorist Alex Jones filmed a segment at a gun range in which they said they were preparing for the civil war that would break out if Trump were to be removed from office by a 'Clinton corporate coup.'"
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