Roger Stone, a man with a long history of spearheading campaigns, decided to call it quits a few days ago as head of Donald Trump's unorthodox campaign. He appeared this morning on MSNBC's Conservative Showcase, Morning Joe, to explain why. The particular reason that forced him out: someone on the inside leaked the private phone call between Donald and Bill Clinton.
Willie Geist asked Stone if he really thought that Trump could eventually be the nominee. He said,
'no question. I remain a very strong supporter of Trump... He has the personal and financial independence to take on a broken system...he certainly could be a great president, he's a very, very smart guy.'
He was frustrated with the skeletal staff that Trump threw together and was tired of the yes men who were surrounding him and not advising him appropriately. Trump has made his greatest gains in the South where people are simply inside watching television, because he needs only to be seen in action, not just in commercials. Since yesterday, Stone said he's really making headway on putting together a good campaign staff.
Eugene Robinson asked if he will still be on the ballot when people start voting. Rogers says yes, he has the money, so that's really all that's needed. You don't say guys? The American Democracy is a system where money is king? Glad we are admitting that without any hesitation.
Katty Kay asked when Trump would come out with platforms. Once again, nothing but praise from Stone. He is consulting with Steve Forbes, for example, to put together a growth oriented jobs program.
Mika asked if he may run, after all as an independent. The only reason he was considering that, was because of a New York Times leak that explained that the next three candidates in line were secretly meeting with Republicans to boycott the debate if Trump was included. He thus felt that the Republican Party wasn't treating him fairly, so that's where that whole idea was borne. He would only consider running as an Independent if he's treated unfairly. Plain and simple.
The entire segment seemed almost as if Stone was giving Trump a tribute. No negative comments towards the candidate, just some of his 'insiders.' He doesn't even have a problem with Trump's salty language, calling people stupid and losers.
Stone did say something I found funny, in conclusion. He said yes, Republicans are not fond of taxes, but they are also not fond of DEBT. Gee Stone, what happened with St. Ronnie and his successors from the Bush Family?