One of Trump’s longest-standing friends and confidantes, Roger Stone, is urging people to consider the potential fallout of impeachment. Stone believes that the current volatile political climate throughout the U.S.A. is like a pile of dry hay just waiting for the right match; impeachment could very well be the flame that sets it alight.
Some Republicans who were intensely supportive of Trump’s presidency are beginning to rethink their position. This falls in line with a recent statement from Republican journalist, Carl Bernstein, stating that support for Trump is changing due to a lack of faith in the POTUS’ ethics and temperament. Bernstein claims that disapproval is growing among senior Republican leaders.
It my be true that some Republicans are jumping ship, but that was kind of the point in electing a president who didn’t fit the status quo. Trump promised to shake things up. If his methods aren’t the same as previous presidents or life-long Republicans might expect, then he is only doing what he said he was going to do.
As for Stone, he believes that Trump’s remaining supporters are ready, willing, and able to take up arms in support of their president, potentially leading to an all-out civil war the likes of which the USA has never seen. Using intense terms like “insurrection, he gave his thoughts to celebrity news outlet TMZ.
“Try to impeach him, just try it. You will have a spasm of violence in this country, an insurrection like you’ve never seen.
Stone sees parallels between the historical impeachment and the current Trump administration, especially where investigations into Russian interference are concerned. But he doesn’t believe the situations are the same, nor does he believe the fallout be the same, either. And he lays the blame for any fallout squarely at the feet of those advocating for impeachment, pointing out that advocates would also be risking their own skin.
“This is not 1974. The people will not stand for impeachment. A politician that votes for it would be endangering their own life.”
But, as Stone explained, parallels do not make the situations the same. He just doesn’t believe the American people are as likely to respond with patience this time around.
When the TMZ interviewer inquired whether he meant civil war specifically, Stone confirmed. “Yes, that’s what I think will happen. “Both sides are heavily armed… There would be violence on both sides.”
Warnings of War
Stone asserted that he wasn’t attempting to personally advocate for civil war; rather, his comments were a warning only. He also scoffed at the statistics, waving them away by suggesting they were little more than a sore loser phenomena. “The people who are calling for impeachment are the people who didn’t vote for him. They need to get over it, they lost.”
The 64-year-old political consultant has plenty of experience with inflammatory politics; he was also an adviser to Nixon during Watergate. His involvement in the scandal afforded him a reputation as a”dirty trickster,” with many calling him untrustworthy and a con man. Today, he remains an important Republican voice across the nation.