On Saturday morning Donald Trump seemed intent on defending his recently arrested longtime friend Roger Stone. Trump tried to deflect from the seriousness of Stone’s crimes by falsely accusing his political rivals of committing similar crimes. But by Saturday evening, it was an entirely different story, and suddenly Trump decided to throw Stone all the way under the bus.
Here’s what Donald Trump tweeted about Roger Stone on Saturday night: “CBS reports that in the Roger Stone indictment, data was ‘released during the 2016 Election to damage Hillary Clinton.’ Oh really! What about the Fake and Unverified “Dossier,” a total phony conjob, that was paid for by Crooked Hillary to damage me and the Trump Campaign? What about all of the one sided Fake Media coverage (collusion with Crooked H?) that I had to endure during my very successful presidential campaign. What about the now revealed bias by Facebook and many others. Roger Stone didn’t even work for me anywhere near the Election!”
That last sentence, of course, is the one that matters. Sure, Trump is still trying to minimize Roger Stone’s crimes. But he’s also suddenly tryin to claim that Stone, his close friend and personal adviser of forty years, somehow played no meaningful role in the election. This is absurd, as by all accounts, Trump and Stone regularly spoke on the phone during the election and after Trump took office.
Of course this is merely the latest Donald Trump adviser to be thrown under the bus after getting indicted and/or arrested. Paul Manafort, his campaign manager and campaign chairman, was supposedly with the campaign for a short time. His foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was supposedly just the coffee boy. His longtime fixer Michael Cohen is supposedly someone Trump barely knows. When Donald Trump Jr gets arrested, we suppose Trump will pretend he’s just the “coffee son” or something along those lines.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report