There was only one problem: The story is not true.
When asked about the importance of truth in campaigning, Stone responded, “Whether it’s accurate or whether it’s apocryphal is really beyond the point. The point he’s making, of course, is that Trump is more realistic about the dangers of radical Islam than, say, our current president….By the way, is this any less egregious than the president saying if you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan?”
It is far more egregious, considering that it’s essentially an endorsement for indiscriminately slaughtering Muslims.
Roger Stone will no longer be making such comparisons on CNN. “He will [no] longer appear as a guest on CNN,” says a network spokesperson about the author and former Trump adviser.
To the everlasting lament of the Erik Wemple Blog, we cannot repeat here the specifics of Stone’s nastiness, but summaries are available here and here. Gawker headlined a story on the matter, “CNN Should Stop Inviting This Horrible Bigot to Talk on TV.” We’ll try to get this one past the copy desk, however: In a tweet, Stone called CNN commentator Ana Navarro an “Entitled Diva Bitch.”
Is it surprising that a devoted supporter of Donald Trump would conduct himself so horribly as to draw a disqualification from a national cable channel? Not at all — just listen to Trump himself talk about women, Muslims, Mexicans and others unlike him. Defending the indefensible is tough to do without veering into the indefensible.
The practical implications of this move? Likely more airtime for CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord. A former Reagan White House political director, Lord is identified on air as a Trump supporter and surfaced on the CNN payroll with the apparent sole purpose of defending the candidate. From his perch in Pennsylvania, Lord — somehow — manages to craft pro-Trump positions without joining Stone in the gutter. At one point, Lord, using his grasp of history, researched a defense of Trump’s Muslim ban — a defense that Trump himself deployed.
For his part, Stone tweeted: