Conspiracy a-go go

Conspiracy a-go go

by digby

Well of course he is:

Roger Stone is writing a book based on a conspiracy theory that the Clintons murdered John F. Kennedy Jr. Stone is an longtime ally and friend of Donald Trump, who has previously used the discredited operative's research in attacks against the Clintons.

ROGER STONE: I have coming up next year a book which I make the case that John F. Kennedy Jr. was murdered. And he was murdered by the Clintons because he was in the way. Now I have extraordinary new evidence that nobody else has seen.

[Conspiracy theorist]Fetzer later told Stone that JFK Jr. was assassinated and offered to give Stone “leads” proving it. Stone responded, “That’s great to know, Jim. As you know, there’s really nobody in the researcher community that I respect more than you.”

Stone previously wrote that the Clintons did not murder JFK Jr. In The Clintons’ War on Women, Stone argued the Clintons are “plausibly responsible” for the deaths of roughly 40 people, but added, “They are not responsible for the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr., as some researchers have claimed”:

There is no question that some Clinton critics are excessive. There are widespread claims that the Clintons are responsible for the death of as many as eighty-three people whose knowledge stood in the way of their political ascent. Based on our investigation, the Clintons are only plausibly responsible for the deaths of half the people on this list. They are not responsible for the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr., as some researchers have claimed, though the number of individuals who are both knowledgeable of and pivotal to the Clintons’ grasp for power who die in plane crashes defies mathematical odds.

During a March 9 appearance on the internet-based program Caravan to Midnight, Stone said JFK Jr. was murdered and “almost everything you’ve been told about his plane crash and death is false or embellished or cooked.”

Last year, Stone tweeted that “The MURDER of JFK, Jr. will be the subject of my next book #Clintons #guilty” and “JFK Jr was planning on running for NY Senate seat @HillaryClinton wanted. Poor bastard.”

As you already know, I'm sure, Roger Stone is America's most notorious dirty trickster and one of Donald trump's most trusted confidants. Right now he's busy planning Trump's "days of rage" protests at the GOP convention. Trump has cited Stone's work of fiction about Clinton repeatedly and many of Trump's followers are eagerly repeating his nonsense already.

Stone's actually late to the party. For a quarter of a century the right wing smear machine has
disseminated ludicrous stories like this. For those too young to be familiar with it, you can compare it to the ludicrous nonsense about Obama being a secret Muslim who wasn't born in the US. Trump was all over that one too, as you'll recall.

This is what they do. And over time it permeates the cultural subconscious and people no longer know why they have such bad feelings about someone they just do. It's very effective stuff and Roger Stone and company have been making a profit at it since the 1970s.