During the interview both Jones and Trump were very complimentary of each other and Roger Stone, Trump’s former top adviser who is still a vocal supporter of the billionaire.
Jones told Trump that 90 percent of his listeners were Trump supporters and the two took a moment to thank Stone for setting up the interview.
“Roger is a good guy and he is a patriot,” Trump said.
When he signed off at the end of the show, Trump promised to be successful for Jones: “Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down,”
Trump ran for the Reform Party Presidential nomination in 2000, but dropped out. He is currently leading the Republican Presidential field, but continues to float talk of an independent run if he decides the Republican establishment is not fair to his campaign. Stone, a lifelong Republican political operative and long time friend of Donald Trump who still serves as a Trump surrogate/supporter/advisor, is considering a Libertarian run for US Senate in Florida, as is Augustus Invictus.
The three main takeaways you need to keep in mind in the Roger Stone-Donald Trump story are:
1. Roger Stone’s dirty tricks specialty is manipulating voter fractures, and weaponizing anti-establishment politics to serve the electoral needs of mainstream Republican candidates;
2. Roger Stone and Donald Trump have been working together since the mid-1980s, mostly on sleazy campaigns to help Trump’s casino business, but also in politics;
3. Roger Stone and Donald Trump worked together in at least two major “black bag” operations manipulating anti-establishment politics to help the mainstream Republican presidential candidate.
In their latest incarnations, Al Sharpton is an MSNBC black liberal and Democratic Party loyalist; Roger Stone is a Libertarian prankster fighting the two-party stranglehold; and Donald Trump is a right-wing populist shaking up the system because by gum, he just doesn’t care and he doesn’t need to care.
That’s one, very dumb, very gullible way of putting it.
Another way of putting it is this: Donald Trump and Roger Stone have spent the past few decades conning the public by exploiting fractures — anti-establishment politics, and anti-establishment outrages. Until now, there’s been a consistent logic and purpose to every single sleazy black bag “Trump/Stone operation”: elect the mainstream Republican candidate, and enrich Trump and Stone.
Do you really think this election is any different?
Jesse Ventura is another longstanding friend and ally of Trump and Stone, and is also repeatedly discussing the possibility of a Libertarian or Independent Presidential run next year. Like Trump, he was floated as a possible Reform Party Presidential Candidate in 2000.
While Ames theorizes that the Trump phenomenon is aimed to help the Republican establishment, others have speculated that he is actually a false flag candidate whose purpose is to fracture the Republican vote and help elect Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, facing the growing likelihood that Trump can actually be unstoppable in his quest to claim the Republican nomination, speculation is also growing that it is the Republican establishment, not Trump, that will end up backing a well-financed independent.
Most of these scenarios involve Trump throwing the election to either Clinton or a Republican nominee, or perhaps an establishment Republican running as an independent. Few of them deal with the possibility that Trump could actually win the Presidency, either as the Republican nominee or as an Independent candidate. In 1992, Ross Perot led both Bush and Clinton in the polls before dropping out of and later dropping back into the race. Third party and independent candidates typically see their poll numbers shrink as the election approaches and actual results below what the polls project, but if Perot had sustained his early momentum he could not have been accused of being a “spoiler” or throwing the race, so the “wasted vote” claim could not have been applied. An example where a third party candidate overcame that effect was Jesse Ventura for Governor of Minnesota, who rose from 7% in initial polls to beat both the Republican and Democratic candidates. His numbers rose as the election approached and voters came to see him winning as more and more of a realistic possibility.