Donald Trump’s longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone has made so many threats against various political pundits on Twitter that he’s been suspended from the social network multiple times. Now he seems to be making a threat against the lives of members of Congress, raising the question of whether law enforcement may have to investigate his words and intent.
Stone has long been engaged in threats and attacks on various members of the Congressional committees that have been investigating Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. Stone himself had multiple communications with the Russian government hacker who stole Democratic Party emails to try to rig the election, making him a target of the investigation. But now Stone is going beyond merely hurling insults at Congress. In a video interview with TMZ, he tried to incite violence against Congress in the event that it impeaches Trump.f
Stone said “Try to impeach him, just try it. You will have a spasm of violence in this country, an insurrection like you’ve never seen.” He continued: “The people will not stand for impeachment. A politician who votes for it would be endangering their own lives. There would be violence on both sides.” Then in an attempt at covering his bases, Stone said “I’ll make this clear, I’m not advocating violence, but I’m predicting it.” But it doesn’t take much to read between the lines and conclude that he’s threatening to whip Trump’s supporters into a violent frenzy if they impeach him. You can watch the minute-long Stone meltdown in this TMZ video clip (link):
We don’t generally like giving publicity to a fringe lunatic like Roger Stone. But in this instance there are two important points. The first is that Stone needs to be investigated by the authorities to determine if his words legally qualify as a prosecutable threat of violence against Congress. The second is that this is a sign Stone is clearly worried his close friend Trump will be impeached, or he wouldn’t be resorting to making such threats.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report