Power is a powerful thing, and when given to the wrong person, you will see them do anything and everything to keep it. In fact, ahead of the presidential election, Trump seems to be exhausting all options in an attempt to retain his seat in the world’s most powerful position.
Not only has the Donald and his team continued to spew baseless allegations about voter fraud, but Roger Stone, a longtime friend of Donald Trump, has also encouraged the celebrity in chief to consider several draconian measures to maintain power. According to reports, Stone has urged Trump to have federal authorities seize ballots in Nevada and force FBI agents and Republican state officials to “physically” block voting under the pretense of preventing voter fraud. He’s also encouraged the use of martial law or the Insurrection Act to carry out widespread arrests and nationalizing state police forces.
According to the organization Media Matters, Stone made his comments on September 10 during his appearance on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars network. Not surprising considering that two months before, Trump commuted the 40-month prison sentence handed down to Stone after he was convicted of lying to Congress and tampering with witnesses as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the 2016 election interference.
Stone lied to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks, the leaked emails released in an attempt to increase Trump’s prospects. Prior to Stone’s commutation, Stone made a number of media appearances asking Trump to grant him clemency in exchange that he could be a more effective campaigner for Trump’s 2020 reelection efforts.
He is now making good on his promises to do so. His target seems to be to spread conspiracy theories about voter fraud and call for actions that would possibly coerce potential Joe Biden supporters.
In Stone’s eyes, the only legitimate outcome to the 2020 election is a Trump win. According to him, early voting has been marred by widespread voter fraud, an entirely unfounded claim.
In his argument, he alleges that “ballots in Nevada on election night should be seized by federal Marshalls and taken from the state” because he feels that “they are completely corrupted,” adding that “we can prove voter fraud in the absentees right now.” Specifically, he called on Trump to have absentee ballots taken in Clark County, Nevada, an area that leans Democratic. He also said that votes from Nevada should not be counted, “they are already flooded with illegals.”
And without any added merit, he suggested former Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) should be arrested and that Trump should consider nationalizing Nevada’s state police force.
He then broadened his suggestions beyond Nevada by recommending Trump to consider several actions to retain his powers. He said Trump should appoint former Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) as Special Counsel “with the specific task of forming an Election Day operation using the FBI, federal marshals, and Republican state officials across the country to be prepared to file legal objections and if necessary to physically stand in the way of criminal activity.”
To add on a layer of protection, he brought up the idea of “martial law” or for Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act and use his powers to arrest Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, “the Clintons” and “anybody else who can be proven to be involved in illegal activity.”
But the gag is, Stone is no stranger to interfering in elections. He was allegedly an organizer of the “Brooks Brothers riot” that led to vote counting being suspended in Miami-Dade County, Florida, during the 2000 presidential election.