The Twitter account of Roger Stone, the conservative political consultant, was suspended on Saturday after he had been told that his account had been “temporarily limited.”
In fact, Stone was specifically notified that his account would be restored later in the day. The restoration never came. He remains cut off from the social network.
Blasting Twitter in an interview with The Jack News, Stone said that the social media company needs to be treated more “like a public utility” because of the way that it “violates antitrust” laws and selectively “censors” some individuals for behavior that is widespread on Twitter.
Ironically, in a guest commentary published in The Jack News in August, Stone castigated technology companies for increasing political leftism.
Facebook and Twitter specifically have violated their own stated SEC reported corporate charters. Both promise free and open platforms. Both are provably false.
He also said:
Once established, many of the largest of these companies then began a symbiotic relationship with the Deep State, which allowed them to grow into the juggernauts they are today. Facebook, Twitter, Google and their property YouTube have all but locked-up social media interactions on the Internet.
Roger Stone was suspended on Twitter after a profanity-laced rant against CNN
Twitter suspended Stone’s account on Saturday afternoon. The action appeared to come after Stone went on an online rampage on Friday night against CNN, particularly “CNN Tonight” anchor Don Lemon and “The Lead” anchor Jake Tapper.
Stone’s tirade was laced with profanity. He accused Lemon and Tapper of spreading lies. Copies of the now-inaccessible tweets were posted online by Mediaite.
Stone said he didn’t know why he was suspended, but speculated that it was tied to his derogatory language toward the CNN anchors. “I kind of like the free-wheeling nature” of Twitter, he said.
Still, Stone said that Twitter’s enforcement of such suspensions was one-sided. At least before he was suspended from Twitter, Stone said, he received death threats every day on the social
Was the Twitter suspension politically motivated?
Stone was on hand at the headquarters of Overstock.com near Salt Lake City, where he appeared at a Libertarian Party event centered around the 2017 Netflix documentary, “Get Me Roger Stone.”
Stone showed The Jack News a screenshot that he took on his phone about an hour-and-a-half previously.
In the photo, Twitter tells Stone that “we’ve temporarily limited some of your account features” because “we have determined that you have violated the Twitter Rules.” The message goes on to say that, “Your account will be restored to full functionality in: 1 minute.”
Stone’s screenshot photo was taken at 6:43 p.m. ET. But his account had not been not restored to activity. Indeed, as of the posting of this article late Saturday night, his account remains suspended.
Roger Stone has been allied, on some issues, with libertarians
The Machiavellian Stone has a love-hate relationship with some in the libertarian world.
Stone said in public remarks at the the event that he despises the Bushes – George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Jeb Bush – because they represent a mainstream Republican betrayal of Ronald Reagan.
Seeing another mainstream Republican being nominated in 2012, Stone instead endorsed former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate that year. He has been a high-profile
advocate for the legalization of marijuana – in part, he said, after witnessing the medical benefits of cannabis in helping aged family members cope during their battles with cancer.
But in 2016, even though Johnson was again the Libertarian Party nominee, Stone explained to crowd of about 80 that he had a prior, personal political commitment to Donald Trump.
In fact, as the Netflix documents recounts, Stone’s relationship to Trump dates to the 1980s, when he was among the first to urge Trump to run for president. Stone became business partners with Paul Manafort, who ran Trump’s political campaign for a short time in 2016.
Manafort has been widely reported to be a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election.
Recent interactions with Donald Trump on JFK files and marijuana
The titles of some of Stone’s books tell a bit about his political antagonisms:
- The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ
- The Bush Crime Family: The Inside Story of an American Dynasty
- The Clintons’ War on Women
Speaking at the event, Stone praised Trump for his recent decision to declassify files pertaining to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Stone said that he spoke with Trump two days before Trump’s decision this week to declassify these files. He re-iterated his view that Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald had been supported in various ways by the U.S. government.
And Stone took credit for successfully urging Trump to support legislation prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice from using federal funds to interfere with state marijuana programs that are in compliance with state law.
Called the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, that measure was attached to emergency hurricane aid package approved by Congress in early September. It extended the prohibition on federal interference with state marijuana programs until December 8.
Trump’s position on marijuana during the campaign was that the matter should be left up to the states, Stone said. But he has to contend with Attorney General Jeff Session’s determination to reverse Obama-era policies that turned a blind eye, on the part of the federal government, toward state marijuana laws.
(Photos of Roger Stone holding his iPhone with a screen shot showing that his Twitter suspension is “temporary,” and of Roger Stone being photographed with Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, and others, at Overstock’s headquarters by Drew Clark for The Jack News, all rights reserved.)