Roger Stone appeared on the Infowars show with Alex Jones last week and said that if the Democrats try to steal the election, Donald Trump should declare martial law and round up all of his enemies, including the Clintons and Mark Zuckerberg.
This is how The Guardian framed the call:
Citing widely debunked claims of fraud around early voting, absentee balloting and voting by mail, Stone told Jones Trump should consider invoking the Insurrection Act and arresting the Clintons, former Senate majority leader Harry Reid, Zuckerberg, Tim Cook of Apple and “anybody else who can be proven to be involved in illegal activity”.
He also said: “The ballots in Nevada on election night should be seized by federal marshals and taken from the state. They are completely corrupted. No votes should be counted from the state of Nevada if that turns out to be the provable case. Send federal marshals to the Clark county board of elections, Mr President!”
Nevada has not gone to a Republican since 2004 but is shaping up to be a crucial contest this year. Biden leads there, but polls have tightened. On Saturday, after a planned rally in Reno was cancelled because of coronavirus restrictions, Trump staged an event which disregarded such strictures in Minden. His rhetoric was not far removed from that of the man he spared prison.
Attacking the Democratic Nevada governor, Steve Sisolak, Trump said: “This is the guy we are entrusting with millions of ballots, unsolicited ballots, and we’re supposed to win these states. Who the hell is going to trust him? The only way the Democrats can win the election is if they rig it.”
Stone said: “Governor Sisolak is a punk. He should not face down the president of the United States.”
On Sunday, on ABC’s This Week, senior Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller also attacked moves to facilitate voting by mail in Nevada. He also called Sisolak a “clubhouse governor … who, by the way, if you go against him politically … politically speaking, you’ll find yourself buried in the desert”.
Trump and his campaign have also consistently claimed without evidence that “antifa”, or anti-fascist, activists represent a deadly threat to suburban voters that will be unleashed should Biden win. Commenting on a Daily Beast report about leftwing activist groups planning what to do “if the election ends without a clear outcome or with a Biden win that Trump refuses to recognise”, Stone told Jones the website should be shut down.
“If the Daily Beast is involved in provably seditious and illegal activities,” he said, “their entire staff can be taken into custody and their office can be shut down. They wanna play war, this is war.”
Stone also advocated “forming an election day operation using the FBI, federal marshals and Republican state officials across the country to be prepared to file legal objections [to results] and if necessary to physically stand in the way of criminal activity”.
In an interview broadcast on Saturday night, Trump told Fox News he would happily “put down” any leftwing protests.
“We’ll put them down very quickly if they do that,” he told Jeannine Pirro.
“We have the right to do that. We have the power to do that if we want. Look, it’s called insurrection. We just send in and we, we do it very easy. I mean, it’s very easy. I’d rather not do that, because there’s no reason for it, but if we had to, we’d do that and put it down within minutes, within minutes.”
The Insurrection Act of 1807 allows the president to use federal troops to enforce federal law. Last used in 1992, it was much discussed this summer, amid protests over racism and police brutality arising from the killing of George Floyd by officers in Minneapolis.
Ultimately Trump chose simply to send federal agents to confront protesters, most prominently in Portland, Oregon, a move which proved hugely controversial.
It proved to be controversial with the media itself. Most people understood that when you have a violent terrorist mob attempting to burn down a federal building, and the police in that city state publicly that they won’t defend it, sending in federal cops is a reasonable measure.
Many of the statements in this Guardian article would be controversial with the public, and with actual facts, however.
Firstly, the claim that election fraud relating to mail-in voting is “debunked” is an actual nonsense statement. It is not only a lie, it is a lie so bold that it is staggering and confusing. It’s the type of lie that you hear, and think you must be confused.
I recently documented some of the recent incidents of fraud taking place as a result of mail-in voting when Barack Obama made this same claim that election fraud doesn’t exist or is impossible.
The Heritage Foundation has spent much more time than I in documenting these abuses. The list of cases is more or less endless.
It’s not clear what the media means when they say this is “debunked.”
Do they mean that none of the things on that list happened, and that they’ve proved they didn’t happen?
Then you have the very controversial statement that there is no evidence that Antifa represents a threat.
It’s another thing that is so baffling, you feel as though you must have misunderstood. It is a claim that would certainly be considered controversial to the family of Aaron Danielson.
Danielson was killed last month by Michael Forest Reinoehl, a member of the Antifa organization, because he was a supporter of Donald Trump.
This was not an isolated individual acting against the directive of the group. After the killing, other Antifa celebrated the death.
“I am not sad that a f—ing fascist died tonight,” says a woman at the antifa gathering in downtown Portland. The crowd laughs and cheers. The ID of the deceased is not confirmed but he is believed to be a Trump & blue lives supporter. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/XV6471FSuF
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 30, 2020
What’s more, a university professor recently justified the killing, saying that it is morally good to kill “fascists.”
We’re witnessing the left openly normalizing murder, while we have a violent and terrorist-type mob rioting and burning down buildings.
Furthermore, with regards to their being no evidence that Antifa is a threat – they themselves claim to be a threat. They regularly threaten to kill people, and carry signs that say “kill cops.”
They often also threaten to kill the president.
As far as them being a threat to suburbia – these people who have killed and threaten to kill more have taken to regularly marching through suburbia, yelling at normal people in the night.
“Wake up, mother f—ker wake up!” chant BLM in Portland tonight as they go through residential areas and shut down the streets. pic.twitter.com/DOah2d1yji
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 21, 2020
I simply cannot grasp that it would be possible for there to be more evidence that this group represents a threat.
With “debunked voting fraud” and “no evidence Antifa is a threat” – it is clear to me that the media makes these sorts of claims specifically to confuse and enrage. It does not make sense that they expect people to believe they are true.
I will say this: I am glad that Roger Stone is saying that Trump needs to refuse to leave office, and shut it down if it comes to a confrontation.
Yes, Stone is a goofy Infowars guy, but he was also pardoned by Trump and is a personal friend of Trump. Trump probably has some communication with him, and we know that Trump does listen to Alex Jones at least a few times a month.
What Stone is saying is exactly true: if they say Trump loses, it’s fake and Trump cannot agree to leave office, or we’re doomed.