If there was something I hope to God is fake news, it’s this.
Roger Stone told Alex Jones in an episode of Infowars:
“Donald Trump was interviewing Mitt Romney for Secretary of State in order to torture him,” Stone claimed on the program. “To toy with him. And given the history, that’s completely understandable. Mitt Romney crossed a line. He didn’t just oppose Trump, which is his democratic right, he called him a phony and a fraud. And a con man. And that’s not the kind of man you want as Secretary of State.”
Now, of course, it’s Infowars, the fount of fake news, and it’s Roger Stone, the turbo pump of prevarication, speaking. If there was anything that is more likely to be fake, it’s this.
But Trump has a mean streak. It’s not out of character for him to do something like this, so it has a kernel of truth, the ring of possibility in it.
We do know that Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs tweeted that Trump called Romney to tell him he’s not getting SecState.
Scoop: Trump called Romney to tell him he's not getting post, I'm told.
Pres-elect expressed nothing but respect for him in recent days.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) December 13, 2016
The whole world is now reporting that Trump has decided to pick Rex Tillerson for that job, which is troublesome. It’s not that Tillerson himself is a problem, but the appearance of a quid pro quo with Vladimir Putin is just horrible optics for a new administration.
If Stone, a decades-long friend of Trump, is right (and I have to admit he’s been right about a few things, as gross as it is to write that), this would prove a very dark side of the Trump administration. A side where political opponents are not just defeated, but humiliated, made to kneel before Zod, suffer, writhe, and skulk away nursing their violated souls.
If that’s the Donald Trump who will be in the White House, the ghost of Richard Nixon is smiling right now.