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King of the Stone Age

Notorious strategist Roger Stone is ready to go to war



THE WORLD IS HAVING A ROGER Stone moment. I know this because Stone tells me so. “We live in the age of Stone,” he says, in the lobby of SiriusXM’s midtown New York office building. He repeats the line in an Uber uptown to his Harlem apartment and once more while he slurps down a martini.

It’s a moment for sure. What kind of moment depends on whom you ask. The right-wing political consultant and lobbyist has been instrumental in the rise of Donald Trump. The two met during Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign, and Stone would go on to advise the New York real estate mogul—formally and informally—on his casino deals and during Trump’s failed run for president in 2000.

Still, it’s been an on-again-off-again relationship, with Trump relying on Stone one minute and turning on him the next. In pot-calling-thekettle- black fashion, Trump said in a 2008 New Yorker profile: Roger is always “taking credit for things he never did.” Trump ultimately fired Stone during the 2016 campaign. The statement of explanation at the time: “[Stone] has had a number of articles about him recently and Mr. Trump wants to keep the focus of the campaign on how to Make America Great Again.” Stone says he quit.

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