Fox News host Tucker Carlson has joined a growing contingent of conservatives who believe President Donald Trump ought to pardon Roger Stone, the legendary, idiosyncratic political consultant who’s become a casualty of the Russian collusion delusion hoax and conspiracy theory.
During a five minute segment late Wednesday on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host first laid out the facts of the dubious case against Stone and then stated why the president needs to take immediate action by issuing a pardon.
“The president must pardon Roger Stone or commute his sentence before he goes to jail,” he said. “Democrats will howl if he does that. Well, they’re howling anyway. They howl every day. Chuck Schumer is now yelping about another investigation into Roger Stone: Russiagate 2.”
“In one entirely constitutional act, the president could save Roger Stone’s life, vindicate himself and end this nonsense forever. Let’s hope he does it. We’ll be watching.”
Listen to the whole segment below:
(Source: Fox News)
The segment began with Carlson outlining the details behind Stone’s conviction.
“Back in November, former Trump adviser Roger Stone was convicted of several charges related to the now-officially discredited Russia investigation,” he said.
“Prosecutors claim that Stone lied about communicating with a former stand-up comedian called Randy Credico, a man whose role in the story was so minor that it’s already been lost to history. For this offense, prosecutors say, Stone, who is 67 years old and has no criminal record, must spend up to nine years in prison.
Much like the charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whose life has been turned upside down because of the Russian collusion hoax, the charges faced by Stone all pertained to “process crimes” committed during what now appears to have been an illegitimate investigation.
“Now for perspective on that sentence, the typical rapist in this country spends four years in prison, armed robbers three years, thugs who commit violent assault less than a year and a half. But Roger Stone must do nine years until he is 76 years old. For lying,” the FNC host continued.
He then juxtaposed the left’s raging desire to warehouse Stone in prison with their “fashionable” interest in extending leniency to “sex offenders and drug dealers and other predators – serious predators.”
“It’s compassionate, they’re telling us,” Carlson noted. “Yet somehow, nobody in D.C. is telling us that compassion ought to extend to Roger Stone, who’s guilty of non-violent political offenses. Notice the opposite. The usual moralizers seem gleeful at the thought Stone will die in a cell.”
There are definitely some voices on Twitter calling for Stone’s death in prison.
Look (*Language warning):
I don’t say this about many people, but Roger Stone deserves to fucking die in prison.
— Andrew Dobrow (@AndrewDobrow) February 11, 2020
Roger Stone deserves to die in prison.
— Bill Gour (@billgour) February 12, 2020
Because Roger Stone deserves to die in prison.
Not for lying to congress though, for helping
Trump win the 2016 presidential election…
— PolitixFix (@PolitixFix) February 12, 2020
Roger Stone needs to die in prison.
— Donny’s Blood Clot (@s_clot) February 13, 2020
I hope this judge throws your friend Roger stone into solitary confinement till the day he dies crooked b******’s
— Tim Buckner (@RiverRockPhotos) February 12, 2020
I hope Roger Stone dies in jail
— Jeff Strater (@JeffStrater3315) February 12, 2020
Stone needs to die in prison. His and his Nixon tattoo. At least Nixon had the dignity to resign.
— Aggressive Progressive (@AggressiveProg1) February 12, 2020
Stone is a Russian asset and a American traitor he deserves to die in jail
— Steve Lewis (@SteveLeZ28) February 12, 2020
After taking shots at the media for their bizarre, almost “gleeful” coverage of Stone’s case, Carlson then summed up why he believes what’s happening to Stone is “totally wrong.”
“Roger Stone is facing prison because he is a high-profile Donald Trump supporter,” he maintained. “It’s that simple. You want proof? Here it is. John Brennan and James Clapper will sleep at home tonight. Both have been caught lying under oath on camera about matters of national importance. And yet neither is in jail.”
Both former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have indeed faced zero consequences despite being caught lying in the public sphere.
“Neither has been indicted,” Carlson continued. “Neither of them will be. The Stone case, by contrast, was transparently political from day one. The lead prosecutor, Andrew Weissmann, is now literally an MSNBC contributor. The judge in this case, Amy Berman Jackson, is an out-of-control democratic partisan, who purely out of spite, stripped Roger Stone of his First Amendment rights and prevented him from making a living — coming on this show, for example, speaking at all in public.”
“The whole thing is shocking and it’s disgusting. It’s a farce that discredits the entire American justice system. The president seems to understand that,” he added, referring to the tweets below:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
“What’s happening to Roger Stone is totally wrong,” Carlson concluded. “It’s immoral and we should not allow it in this country. But politically, it has significance too. Stone’s prosecution was designed in part to confirm the fantasies that Democrats have constructed to explain the outcome of the 2016 election. His conviction helps their case.”
“In other words, if the Russia collusion story was a hoax, and of course it most certainly was a hoax, then why is Roger Stone going to prison for his role in it? If Roger Stone serves even a single day behind bars, the Russia lie will be validated as true. Stone’s imprisonment will be prima facie evidence in the view of Democrats.”
As noted earlier, he’s one of many conservative voices now calling for Stone to be pardoned:
I had a chance to sit in on the Roger Stone trial. If you took away the “Russia” and “Trump hate” language from the prosecution, it would be a series of mundane text messages and nothing exciting at all. Pardon Roger Stone ASAP 🇺🇸
— Jason Alexander Roberge (@JasonRobergeVA) February 13, 2020
A juror that decided to convict Roger Stone to prison RAN FOR OFFICE as a Democrat!
How did the judge allow this person to serve on the jury?
How is this impartial blind justice?
Where are the “justice is blind” Democrats?
Time for retrial with a complete pardon
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 13, 2020
Raise your hand if you agree it is time for President Trump do end this broke circus and Pardon Roger Stone and General Flynn!
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 11, 2020
Did Donald Trump Just Signal That He Will PARDON Roger Stone?
RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU SUPPORT A FULL PARDON FOR ROGER STONE…🖐🏻https://t.co/BwT0ekslO6
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) February 11, 2020
Lead Roger Stone Juror Ran For Congress As A Democrat In 2012 and pushed Russiagate anti-@RealDonaldTrump stories. Yet another reason to pardon Stone. https://t.co/DEOBFplZ8Y via @dailycaller https://t.co/8OfxKKKJcj
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) February 13, 2020
Carlson’s remarks came after, on orders from the president, the Department of Justice intervened in Stone’s case this week by pushing for a lighter sentence than the nine years recommended by the case’s original prosecutors (who’ve all since withdrawn from the case).
The unexpected last-minute intervention provoked more “howling” from Democrats and their media allies, all of whom seem to believe that Stone must spend the next decade in prison, notwithstanding the lack of severity of his alleged “crimes.”
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