Roger Stone says of all the people who deserve credit for Donald Trump’s victory, don’t discount Matt Drudge and Alex Jones.
Stone explained why during the latest episode of “The Jamie Weinstein Show” podcast, where the longtime political confidant of the president-elect also discussed Trump’s potential cabinet, the alt-right, whether he thinks Trump is moderating and much more.
Speaking of Internet media mogul Drudge and conspiratorial Infowars founder Jones, Stone said they “played crucial roles” in Trump’s victory.
“Drudge particularly but Alex deserves a place only because particularly in the nomination phase when you have conservatives who view Trump as a populist conservative, not a dogmatic conservative, and they’re looking for a verifier, they’re looking for somebody, some third party to say, ‘Yeah, this guy’s a good guy,’” Stone explained.
Stone also named Fred Trump (“first and foremost”), Roy Cohn and Steve Bannon as key figures in Trump’s unlikely victory.
Trump’s late father, Stone said, “instilled in Donald a persistence, a work ethic and a persistence, that you never stop fighting.”
Stone said Bannon, who headed Breitbart News before taking over as Trump campaign CEO in August, was critical to Trump’s victory because he was in large part responsible for shaping the campaign’s message.
“The way the message was shaped in the final days was almost letter perfect,” Stone said. “Elections are about dominating the dialogue and insisting on your narrative and not responding to the other candidates’ narrative. I think Bannon did that for him.” More