Trump supporter and advisor Roger Stone is stoking the flames of an already embattled administration.
At a rally that was a little anticlimactic to be called “the Mother of all Rallies,” Stone railed against 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, most bitingly, against the President’s favorite punching bag: Jeff Sessions.
After calling for the president to fire Sessions, Stone referred to him as “Keebler elf” and “insubordinate hillbilly.”
While Stone’s taunts probably won’t lose the President any supporters, it surely won’t do Trump any good. One of the revelations in legendary journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear: Trump in the White House, is the President’s mocking of Sessions, allegedly calling the attorney general “mentally retarded” and a “dumb southerner.”
After Southern lawmakers stuck up for their region, albeit without calling the President out by name, Trump took to Twitter to deny the statements.
The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions “mentally retarded” and “a dumb southerner.” I said NEITHER, never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff, and being a southerner is a GREAT thing. He made this up to divide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
Trump has, however, been recorded using the exact phrase “mentally retarded” on the Howard Stern Show, and he allegedly mocked the parents of ex-wife Marla Maples for being Southerners, as a New York Times article pointed out.
It’s also no surprise that Roger Stone would call for the firing of some of the Justice Department’s most formidable figures. Some suspect that the advisor is next for indictment in Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.
Stone’s name calling caught attention on social media.
Roger Stone just coined one of the best band names ever – “Playing bluegrass with reckless abandon, please welcome The Insubordinate Hillbillies!”https://t.co/tSeAEWP9gl
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) September 10, 2018
How fine it will be if Jeff Sessions—recently dubbed an “Insubordinate Hillbilly”— gets the last laugh on a mobbed up Yankee conman.
— Pity Sing (@Pity_Sing) September 10, 2018
Roger Stone calls Jeff Sessions a “hillbilly.”
Real classy. Roger Stone is such an ass. https://t.co/cHExRdwRuu
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) September 10, 2018
You wonder who is manipulating Trump? Trump’s unfiltered friend and informal adviser #RogerStone called on him Saturday to fire “insubordinate hillbilly” Attorney General Jeff Sessions and send the former Republican senator “back to Alabama.” https://t.co/2DM9LETmcd
— I AM _________ (@VJShordee444) September 9, 2018
Stone’s sentiments, while harsher, echo Trump’s insults toward Sessions, who he himself appointed.
To me, Trump calling Jeff Sessions a dumb southerner to is akin to standing in the middle of 5th Avenue, shooting someone and getting away with it.
You're messing with fire when you rile up Alabamians. Not sure? Look up Judge Roy Moore.
— Common Sense in a Republic (@onefussyone) September 10, 2018
Latest CNN reporting: President Trump is fuming today, angry at Jeff Sessions after the Attorney General stood up for himself yesterday in the wake of yet another shocking and public insult from Trump.
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) March 1, 2018
trump has literally hurled every insult at jeff sessions since he got ahold of the doj. i’m waiting on him to at some point just say “you a bitch jeff”
— alex english (@alex3nglish) April 10, 2018
— Steve McElroy (@stevemacwv) September 5, 2018
While Stone may have riled up spectators at the rally, it’s hard to believe these comments will do the President any favors in the South.