Donald Trump’s advisers and associates are now in a situation where they know Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be making one or more arrests on Monday – yet none of them know whether or not they themselves will be arrested. That’s led Trump’s longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone to melt down in a bizarre, profane and threatening manner which suggests he thinks he might be among those who are about to feel the handcuffs.
In the moments after CNN broke the story about the criminal charges on Friday night, Roger Stone promptly went on a profane and slur-filled tirade against CNN host Don Lemon. Stone tweeted “stop lying about about the Clinton’s and Uranium you ignorant lying covksucker !!!! You fake news you dumb piece of shit.” It’s not clear if “covksucker” was a typo or if he was purposely trying to skirt Twitter’s terms of service by spelling it incorrectly, but in any case it was a clear homophobic slur aimed at Lemon, who is gay. But that was just the beginning of Stone’s meltdown.
Stone continued by vowing that Don Lemon “must be confronted, humiliated, mocked and punished. Dumber than dog shit.” Some Twitter users interpreted this as a threat to Lemon’s safety, while others interpreted it as merely a threat against Lemon’s reputation. Then Stone moved on and began tweeting profane things at New York Times reporter Charles Blow, which marked Stone’s second attack on a black LGBT person in a span of three minutes. After that, Stone attacked conservative pundit Bill Kristol’s physical attributes. Then he attacked Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein’s reputation, as he completely went off the deep end.
So what does this mean? Roger Stone has had hyperbolic, threatening, and profane meltdowns on Twitter before. However, this seems frantically over the top even by his disturbing standards. It suggests that he fears he’ll be among those arrested. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll happen – but demonstrates the fear which now grips everyone in Donald Trump’s orbit. Update: Roger Stone has now been suspended from Twitter.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report