It started late on Saturday night, and continued for hours. Roger Stone, once a consultant to Donald Trump’s campaign and still a “confidant” to the new president, was stumbling through Twitter, when he apparently noticed a recent tweet that didn’t sit too well with him.
Ana Navarro, a Hispanic Republican who contributes to ABC News, Telemundo and CNN, had earlier tweeted a statement from Ben Sasse, the junior Republican senator from Nebraska. Sasse questioned the legitimacy of Trump’s recent allegation that President Obama had wiretapped telephones at Trump Towers.
Sasse’s statement concluded:
“A quest for the full truth, rather than knee-jerk partisanship, must be our guide if we are going to rebuild civic trust and health.”
And in her tweet that included Sasse’s comment, Navarro – who was very critical of Trump in the 2016 campaign – said “I hope @BenSasse runs for president.”
Stone apparently recognized Navarro’s comment to be criticism of Trump. And that launched a slew of tweets riddled with insults and vulgarity. Like this vulgar attack on Navarro, for example:
(He reissued the same statement three hours later, too.) That was followed with tweets defending Trump’s unfounded allegations of wiretapping:
He then criticized The Washington Post for its article mentioning a possible link between Stone and the Russian government.
And when others on Twitter began criticizing his comment against Navarro, Stone went off on them with vulgarity, too.
Some of these and other tweets included in Stone’s temper tantrum have been deleted.
While these vulgar tirades on public social media may seem strange, it’s rather typical of Stone, who is already known for bizarre behavior. He’s flamboyant. He’s known as a master of rumor-laden smear campaigns. He’s attacked reporters – both verbally and physically. He frequents swingers’ clubs. Add the tattoo of Richard Nixon that decorates Stone’s back, and – well, he ain’t no ordinary kind of guy, is he?
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