The President-elect’s longtime friend of over 40 years, was Trump’s most effective surrogate.
By Jacob Engels
With the dust settling and all of the news networks and blogs performing their own postmortems, the reliability of polls and utter shock have taken center stage.
However, Trump’s flirtation with becoming President of the United States has been decades in the making, bolstered by notoriously effective political operative Roger Stone.
Mr. Stone has known Donald for over 40 years, becoming a confidante/business partner/political sage for the hard charging Manhattan billionaire.
When Trump was considering a run on the Reform party line in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Stone was busy selling his friend’s credentials and intense interest in helping save the America Dream.
Stone started off in an official capacity for Trump’s presidential campaign, but the two parted ways last summer.
Both Mr. Stone and Trump have large personalities and offer bold delivery of their beliefs, with Stone refusing to be a yes man, which is exactly what Trump needed in those early stages.
While Trump suffered several setbacks post-Stone, his longtime friend held no grudges and began an aggressive push to elect Trump president.
From his tireless defense of Mr. Trump’s style of presenting big picture sweeping issues instead of politically focused group talking points, Stone became Trump’s most effective surrogate.
He also quickly formed a series of PAC’s aimed at ushering in a Trump victory, specifically focusing on his effort Stop The Steal.
That organization held exit polls nationally to monitor the legitimacy of votes cast, while Stone’s other PAC (The Committee to Restore America’s Greatness) made major ad buys promoting “Super Trump.”
This garnered international press and headlines, with the campaign starting in Times Square and reaching Central Florida’s all important I-4 corridor.
But Stone’s special projects after parting ways with the campaign were not the only way he helped Mr. Trump run a successful challenge to the Clinton machine.
He was instrumental in ousting Koch Brothers’ operative Corey Lewandowsi from his role as campaign manager for the GOP nominee, after Mr. Lewandoski’s personal ambitions began to overshadow his boss’ quest for the White House.
In Stone’s freedom from a campaign he was once advised, it allowed him to be himself.
Unencumbered by the campaign and free from the distraction of internal power struggles, Stone excelled.
His consistent media appearances and prime-time slots on MSNBC, CNN, FOX went viral.
But after Clinton forces got him banned by the major networks, Stone wisely partnered with Alex Jones, the King of Alternative Media.
Stone’s regular appearances on Jones’ InfoWars show would reach millions more than his network appearances and increased Stone’s profile internationally.
This of course helped Mr. Stone broaden his audience, to whom he would lobby night and day for Donald Trump.
Roger Stone and Donald Trump have had public falling outs several times during their 40-year relationship, but they have always come home to one another.
For Donald Trump’s campaign, Stone was their Dark Knight.
He was the hero they needed, despite how controversial and blunt his methods were.
Without Stone, it’s hard to believe that Trump could have won the primary or general election.
In every attack Trump made on his primary opponents to the media to the corrupt two party system, Stone was there for him.
When Trump attacked Megyn Kelly, Stone voiced his concern over the attack and proposed a re-calibration for Trump, which the businessman eventually embraced.
When Trump was slipping against Hillary, Trump finally went after he husband’s extensive history as a rapist and Hillary’s involvement in the cover-up.
That was another Stone golden oldie, beefed up by his extensively documented tome, The Clintons’ War On Women.
Every time the left wing Media Matters for America tried to destroy Stone, he rose again stronger and fought harder for Trump.
As the words of House Greyjoy in Game of Thrones go…
“”What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger.”
And that’s exactly what both Donald Trump and Roger Stone proved in 2016.