Roger Stone, 30-year personal friend and political confidant of Donald Trump has nothing in common with the legendary Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey, with one notable exception; Garvey was railroaded by the Bureau of Investigation and jailed in 1925. Roger Stone was indicted on seven federal charges this week and will be convicted sooner or later. And that’s precisely the point.
For the past six months as, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation zeroed in on Stone, he’s repeatedly said “There is no circumstance whatsoever under which I will bear false witness against the president nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself.” In other words, Stone is telling Trump he expects to be pardoned.
When reporters ask Stone whether he is seeking a pardon from Trump, he gives the same one-line reply: “The only person I have advocated a pardon for is Marcus Garvey.” Stone’s automated reply played so many times that Newsweek Magazine had to run an article titled “Who is Marcus Garvey?”
Stone's publicity play with Marcus Garvey is no accident. He started planting this seed of intrigue last year in a letter to Trump asking for a pardon for Marcus Garvey. Thus, the Garvey Card, one of many Stone is playing, is calculated for political effect and strategic positioning to justify his own pardon.
Schooled in the dark arts of “political dirty tricks” during President Nixon’s Watergate years, Stone partnered in a legal firm with Paul Manafort to air brush the images of murderous African dictators and mercenaries like Joseph Mobutu in Zaire and Jonas Savimbi in Angola before meeting Trump.
He is arguably the guiding force that pushed Trump to run for president as early as the 1990’s. A flamboyant dressing raconteur whose insatiable appetite for fame and publicity rivals if not exceeds Donald Trump’s, Stone is “all in” on Garvey’s pardon.
Referencing the letter, he sent to the Sun King requesting the pardon, Stone said;
“Last year, I wrote to President Trump to urge him to issue a posthumous pardon for Marcus Garvey, an early civil rights leader who was the founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Garvey, who would become the greatest proponent of black responsibility, black education, black pride and black liberation, experienced a racially motivated department of Justice sponsored sting operation designed to neutralize his activism, destroy his organization, and eliminate his public voice.”
Roger Stone has a grandiose vision of himself as the power behind the Sun King’s throne. More to the point, he’s at the epicenter of Mueller’s investigation for coordinating the release of emails with Julian Assange and Wikileaks that Russia hacked from Democrat Party computer systems. Accordingly, he’s conjured the larger than life legacy of Marcus Garvey to provide a weighty comparison of political persecution to justify his potential pardon.
Thus far, Stone’s Garvey Card is playing well in the international media. Google Roger Stone and Marcus Garvey, and you may be surprised. From London to Australia to all the press outlets in Jamaica, Stone, in his dark sun glasses with a French beret and scarf, or his signature button down suits with a fedora hat is capturing headlines.
Unless the federal judge imposes a gag order on the bleach blond haired eccentric, Marcus Garvey’s name is going viral for the next six months or more; courtesy of Roger Stone.
“I think it is vital that the President use his pardon authority to clear the names of people who were convicted of non-violent crimes for largely race-based or political reasons. There is no greater example than that of Marcus Garvey. While a posthumous pardon of Marcus Garvey, along with those of Jack Johnson and the more recent pardon of Alice Johnson has obvious political implications, the real reason for them is to right historic wrongs committed by the American justice system. It is for these same reasons that I have urged the President to reform America’s racist and draconian drug laws, which have been used disproportionally against poor people of color.”
Good try Roger. But if that’s all you got, trade your Brooks Brothers suit for the orange jumpsuit now.
Stone pretends to be a political target of the Justice Department like Garvey was. No Roger, that would be Black activists leaving peaceful Black Lives Matter rallies and having FBI officials from its counterterrorist division visit them to determine if they are “Black Identify Extremists.”
Even if we give Roger a pass on tampering with witnesses and obstructing justice, nobody made Stone lie to Congress. That’s on his dime.
Stone is also playing the victim card to great effect. He’s complaining that a 29-member SWAT team with 17 vehicles, dressed out in full tactical gear with assault weapons stormed his home “with greater force than was used to take down Osama Bin Ladin. Stone said it’s an “excessive show of force.” Really!
Bin Ladin, like a lot of Black people who live in Harlem, where Stone keeps a second residence are victims of the deadly use of force, not the show of excessive force. Outraged by the arrest, Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—fresh out of hiding in his foxhole during the shutdown--has called for an investigation into the FBI’s arrest protocols and tactics.
In Mueller’s pre-dawn raid this week of Stone’s Ft. Lauderdale home, records, cell phones and computer devices described by Justice Department officials as yielding “several terabytes” of information going back years were confiscated.
Curious, isn’t it? If Stone has known for months he was going to be arrested and charged, why did he keep all his computer devices, records and phones? Why did he make the point after being arrested that he hasn’t deleted any of his “one million emails?” Because he knows, Mueller’s Team already has what it needs to send him up the river to Leavenworth.
Stone wanted Trump to know or at least think that he has the goods to take the Sun King down. Silence from Stone will come with a price tag of a presidential pardon. And he’s walking the high wire because there are a limited number of get out of jail free cards that Trump can issue.
Trump has one in his back pocket for little Don Jr., whose next on the chopping block and another for Jared Kushner. And then there is his daughter Ivanka to consider. Paul Manafort, who continues to rot away in a Virginia prison still has his name in the pardon sweepstakes. And there are more indictments to come. Roger is in a tough spot.
We appreciate Roger telling the truth about Marcus Garvey being targeted by a young 24-year-old assistant to the Attorney General in the old Bureau of Investigation’s “General Intelligence Division.” In 1919, it was known as the “anti-radical division.” The assistant to the AG was none other than J. Edgar Hoover. We do not appreciate and condemn Stone for his cynical and manipulative use of Garvey 's name to save his own ass.
Trump is an avowed racist, and like his father always has been. Pardoning a Black Nationalist-especially one of Garvey’s stature--would normally be outside the realm of possibility. There are two remote but conceivable scenarios in which Trump would pardon Marcus Garvey, neither of which might spare Stone from being locked up for the rest of his life. First, being the hateful, vengeful moron that he is, Trump could pardon Garvey to sucker punch Barak Obama in the mouth. When Julius Garvey (Marcus Garvey's son) petitioned Barak Obama to pardon Marcus Garvey, Barry turned him down. Second, if Trump could be convinced that pardoning Marcus Garvey might swing a "few" thousand Jamaican and West Indian voters in Florida, he might take the bait. Its far fetched, but if anyone wants to revisit how big a difference 500 votes makes in Florida, ask Al Gore.
Ironically, when Alt-Black.com first heard that Sylvester Stallone was pushing Trump to pardon U.S. heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, we predicted he would do so. Trump did not disappoint.
Trump is one of those peculiar kinds of racists. He can only abide "special" Blacks who are entertainers and sports figures to perform as jesters when he holds court like Henry the Eighth or Caesar. They juice his ego.
Roger Stone has always been addicted to fame and the public spotlight. That journey has bought him to the center of the battle to take down Donald Trump. Unless he flips or finds a way to flip the script, he's going to take the fall.