Yesterday the news broke that the Feds are investigating Roger Stone for his role in the January 6th Capitol attack. This didn’t come as a surprise, given that the Feds brought conspiracy charges weeks ago against his “Oath Keeper” underlings who participated in the attack, paving the way to eventually bring conspiracy charges against Stone as well. Nonetheless, Stone now appears to be panicking.
Roger Stone has long been banned from most major social media sites, so he’s been reduced to posting his deranged ramblings on alt-right social media site Parler. But yesterday Stone announced that he was going to begin boycotting Parler, citing vague conspiracy theories as his reason. But it’s not difficult to figure out what he’s really doing.
By suddenly “boycotting” Parler, Roger Stone is giving himself an excuse to go quiet on the only social media platform he has left, thus going quiet entirely. He’s surely figured out that he’s in serious criminal trouble for the Capitol attack, and so now he’s ostensibly taking his lawyers’ advice and shutting up.
It’s notable that back when Roger Stone was in serious criminal trouble a couple years ago, he arrogantly continued posting on social media throughout the process – even threatening the judge in his case – presumably because he expected Donald Trump to pardon him in the end no matter what. But with Trump now out of power, and with Stone’s previous pardon not applying to the Capitol attack, Stone appears to realize he has no protection this time – and he’s panicking accordingly by making up an excuse to go uncharacteristically silent.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report