Indicted former Trump campaign manager Roger Stone has long idolized the disgraced former Republican President Richard Nixon.
But the ex-President’s family is distancing themselves publicly from Roger Stone in the wake of today’s dramatic pre-dawn raid and arrest, which resulted in “Nixon” trending on Twitter.
Essentially, the Nixon Foundation called Stone a “coffee boy” in Trumpian terms, but the reality is that the FBI had extensive files on his potentially illegal activities in the Watergate scandal.
It all starts with Stone’s infamous tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back, which led to the quirky Twitter trend.
I feel like not enough people know that Roger Stone—who was arrested by the FBI this morning and charged with 7 federal crimes—has a tattoo of Richard Nixon’s face on his upper back. pic.twitter.com/YF9rfg35bf
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) January 25, 2019
That prompted the Nixon Foundation to send out this pair of tweets to debunk Stone’s mythmaking about his fairly minimal role in the 1968 and 1972 campaign.
Appropriately, those tweets are likely false, because independent evidence proves that Roger Stone grifted for Nixon’s campaigns.
Mr. Stone, during his time as a student at George Washington University, was a junior scheduler on the Nixon reelection committee. Mr. Stone was not a campaign aide or adviser. Nowhere in the Presidential Daily Diaries from 1972 to 1974 does the name "Roger Stone" appear. 2/2
— Nixon Foundation (@nixonfoundation) January 25, 2019
The FBI’s files on Watergate did contain this mention of Stone, which means that Nixon’s Foundation, like Trump, is publicly lying about the disgusting brand of Republican politics they perfected. The non-profit Property of the People reports:
Roger Stone’s role as a bagman for the Nixon campaign, in which he funneled over $25,000 (equivalent to $150,000 in 2018) to fund political intelligence gathering and other dirty tricks, including mole embedding and a mysterious payment related to the Watergate break-in.
The documents include a copy of the FBI’s interview with Stone, as well as others’ statements to the Bureau about Stone and Jason Rainier, the alias Stone used for his anti-Democratic spy operations.
We do know that big part of Stone’s story is his unyielding support of the only President to resign the office, in disgrace, after Watergate prosecutors named him as an unindicted co-conspirator in the bungling burglars’ break into the DNC Headquarters during the 1972 election.
The Trump campaign’s apparent collusion with Russia in the 2016 election contains echoes of the Watergate break-in since both involved attempting to steal the DNC’s campaign strategy.
Both times, the bungling burglars left a trail for law enforcement to follow, and ultimately both got caught.
This time, Stone helped facilitate the campaign and Wikileaks to communicate about the release of stolen Democratic emails.
Now, Special Counsel Mueller has revealed that Roger Stone engaged in a ferocious cover-up in the year following the election, after his high-level contacts with Trump’s campaign appear to have supported WikiLeaks’ strategic release of hacked emails in 2016.
It’s pretty funny that Nixon’s family has only now taken the opportunity to distance themselves publicly from Stone when his sordid career included co-founding the “Torturer’s lobby” with Paul Manafort, and in one case, running such obscenely racist campaigning that resulted in a restrictive court order for 30 years against the Republican National Committee.
Roger Stone has been a rat bastard for a long time, from the Brooks Brothers riot to the time he threatened the New York Governor’s 83-year-old father.
However, Stone has never faced an opponent like Robert Mueller in his political career, with unlimited resources and a mandate to protect America’s national security from Russia and the GOP’s worst political swindler and his former boss, President Don “The Con” Trump.
Today, it’s almost as if Richard Nixon just rolled over in his grave to distance himself from Roger Stone; not for being evil, but only for getting caught covering up a crime.