(TMU) – As November rapidly approaches, it is unclear which U.S. presidential candidate will emerge victorious – and whether President Donald Trump will accept any unfavorable results on Election Day or will resort to unconstitutional means to maintain power.
Amid the speculation over how the electoral process will play out, veteran Republican political consultant Roger Stone has said that Trump should use the opportunity to usurp total political power, impose martial law, and jail political opponents if he loses the 2020 election.
In a Thursday appearance on Infowars, the self-proclaimed “dirty trickster,” lobbyist, and convicted felon didn’t pull his punches when telling Alex Jones that the president should flip the script and shred constitutional norms to ensure that his administration continues in spite of a potential defeat in the ballot box.
Stone said that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act and arrest Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Bill and Hillary Clinton, along with “anybody else who can be proven to be involved in illegal activity.”
“I do not advocate preventive detention, but people who commit crimes and think they can continue to get away with it because we have two-tier justice are just wrong,” Stone added.
Stone, a political consultant and master strategist who’s worked on Republican presidential campaigns dating back to Richard Nixon, was convicted of seven felony counts for lying about his contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. However, Stone remained a firm Trump loyalist, and as a result, his sentence was commuted by Attorney General William Barr.
Now free, Stone has taken to the campaign trail in an unofficial capacity to promote Trump’s reelection. On Saturday, he was in Las Vegas to raise funds for his legal defense costs. The event coincided with a campaign rally by Trump in Minden, Nevada.
Stone repeated Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in Florida and Nevada, explaining that the vote count in Nevada should be rejected because “they are already flooded with illegals.”
“The ballots in Nevada on election night should be seized by federal marshals and taken from the state,” Stone said. “They are completely corrupted.”
“No votes should be counted from the state of Nevada if that turns out to be the provable case,” he added. “Send federal marshals to the Clark county board of elections, Mr President!”
Stone’s statement came as Trump blasted Nevada governor Steve Sisolak hours after his planned rally in Reno was cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions. Trump was largely on the same page as his former advisor Stone, who called the Democratic governor “a punk” who “should not face down the president.”
“This is the guy we are entrusting with millions of ballots, unsolicited ballots, and we’re supposed to win these states,” Trump said. “Who the hell is going to trust him? The only way the Democrats can win the election is if they rig it.”
Stone also repeated Trump’s claims that “Antifa,” or “anti-fascist activists”, plan on unleashing a wave of destabilizing activities and violent protests, citing a Daily Beast report about potential unrest “if the election ends without a clear outcome or with a Biden win that Trump refuses to recognize.” For Stone, the report itself implicated the news website with criminal political activities.
“If the Daily Beast is involved in provably seditious and illegal activities, their entire staff can be taken into custody and their office can be shut down,” Stone said. “They want to play war, this is war.”
Continuing, Stone said that Trump should strongly consider “forming an election day operation using the FBI, federal marshals and Republican state officials across the country to be prepared to file legal objections [to election results] and if necessary to physically stand in the way of criminal activity.”
Stone’s comments came as Trump issued an ominous warning about his willingness to “put down” any protests from the left that might coincide with the outcome of the election.
“We’ll put them down very quickly if they do that,” Trump told Jeannine Pirro in a Fox News interview Saturday night.
“We have the right to do that. We have the power to do that if we want. Look, it’s called insurrection. We just send in and we, we do it very easy. I mean, it’s very easy. I’d rather not do that, because there’s no reason for it, but if we had to, we’d do that and put it down within minutes, within minutes.”