Hoffman column: Stone's trail littered with 'dirty tricks'
Roger Stone is the basis of where the political vitriol in our nation begins. He spawned the careers of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin. He re-molded Nixon into a likable villain to some, even though Tricky Dick had it in him all along to be great.
Nixon, however, could not erase his dark personality after the death of two brothers to tuberculosis and his disdain for the Kennedys.
Stone loved to vilify the Clintons, even though his own career ejected out of D.C. in the late 1990s, when Roger and his wife were exposed for their own marriage scandal that contained a breach of infidelity that was exposed.
Stone dresses like W.C. Fields and a bit of Charlie Chaplin with his patent-leather clown shoes and white dapper blazers. Even as a used car salesman, it would be hard for people to find him believable. His personality is malignant overreach, but it doesn't hide his hunger for fame at the expense of others.
His passion in his youth was not for higher causes like most 1960s youth, but for deception. He conducted a mock election in his high school in which he told students that Nixon was in favor of school on Saturdays, so John F. Kennedy won handily at that high school's trial vote.
What makes Stone the crowning jewel of the Mueller investigation is that he did not slip in through the back door or get in deep with monetary rewards from the Ukraine, like Paul Manafort.
He was blatantly pulling the strings of the 2016 Trump presidency by getting involved with Wikileaks to expose DNC emails by Podesta, Clinton and others right after Donald J. Trump's Billy Bush interview on "Access Hollywood" on Oct. 7, 2016, openly hit top media outlets and could have caused Trump to lose it all.
He also orchestrated Manafort to become an inside consultant with Trump after forcefully dethroning Corey Lewandowski. Once Manafort had that key position, Chicago banker Stephen M. Calk gave Manafort three loans totalling $16 million so that he could vie for a position in Trump's executive branch as Secretary of the Army.
A series of revolving Trump advisors ultimately linked ties of Trump's top officials to Russian money and influence, including First National security adviser Michael Flynn, who gave numerous speeches in Russia during his non-U.S. service interim for high payouts.
The ultimate political embattlement by Stone is not just how he set into motion the promotion of divisive, compromised candidates, but how he used amoral tactics to achieve victory. Fake news was polished by Stone throughout the 1970s to 2000s. "Deny, deny, deny" was his slogan and "Hillary for Prison" was one of his mandates.
He also exploited Elliot Spitzer's fall from grace and had a direct hand in his public humiliation. Americans have a hard time deciphering extreme news, and that is where the hatred toward the other party and belief systems continue.
Stone was not only arrested in a pre-dawn raid recently by the Mueller team; he was one of the people who used Alex Jones' now-censored social media show "infoWars" as a sounding board.
Eventually, Stone had to stop smirking and end bragging on how he derailed the Reform Party and other legitimate political ventures in Washington. As a Washington outsider, he'll get his due by trying to crush the opposition with illegal classified information, news leaks and highly sensitive U.S. military information as well as the DNC email releases.
Both Assange and Stone are known for sex scandals and breach of character. The man who raised reputation-bashing to a new level in Washington will now be the poster child for adjudication related to infiltrating national elections with "dirty tricks."
Jane Hoffman is an educator, caregiver and internet radio host. She ran for Duluth School Board in 2015.