There are very few people who can speak about their personal connections to Donald Trump who aren’t hideous in some way, but that doesn’t mean CNN should keep asking Roger Stone, a bad person, to be a guest.
Media Matters points out that Stone, who looks like he answered a casting call for an educational film about why white people are bad, has appeared on CNN programs seven times in the last month alone, presumably because he might have some insights into what transpires in the fluorescent orange head of Trump:
Stone worked for Trump’s presidential campaign last year and is now organizing against Clinton’s campaign again. He is a frequent presence in the media because of his long ties to Trump; their friendship and professional relationship goes back decades.
Also going back decades? Stone’s history of unrepentant race-baiting and sexism, which continues to this day on Twitter (and most likely off of Twitter as well):
Who is this stupid negro Roland Martin ? Buffoon or token Buffoon ? #CNN— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) November 15, 2012
Cornel West calls Al Sharpton a “Bonafide House Negro of the Obama Plantation.” #LoL— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) September 8, 2013
Why do all the make-up people and hair-stylists at CNN New York HATE @anaNavarro ? Entitled Diva Bitch— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) February 19, 2016
Jill Abramson reviewed all JFK anniversary book for NY Times she never mentioned mine-- which outsold every one she did review- DIE BITCH!— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) May 16, 2014
You decide- Maxine Waters-- self dealing crook, professional negro and communist or just a dumb bitch ?— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) August 22, 2011
Booking TV guests last-minute can be challenging, and, again, I understand that the bar for appearing on cable news is low. But let me pose the following thought question: What if CNN didn’t give a flagrant bigot a national television platform?