Insiders’ analysis of presidential campaign — part 2

Yesterday’s post began a series of analyses of the 2016 presidential campaign featuring Alex Jones Show interviews with Larry Nichols, a Clinton insider from Arkansas days, terminally ill with cancer, and Roger Stone, Trump insider and veteran of five presidential campaigns beginning in 1964.

Nichols co-created the 1994 film The Clinton Chronicles and Stone co-authored The Clintons’ War on Women, published in 2015.

Today’s post covers the last days of May and first few of June.

Campaign funding and financing featured in the May 30 Roger Stone interview. Stone also gave his opinion of various conservative operatives. Of Karl Rove, Stone said, ‘He is a loser. He doesn’t understand Donald Trump’. As for Bill Kristol, Stone likes him personally — ‘a fine fellow’ — but does not rate him politically.

Campaign issues also came up in the conversation. Stone said it was important to persuade Bernie Sanders’s voters to board the Trump Train. As for minority votes, particularly among blacks, Stone said, ‘The Clintons have done nothing for the African-American community’. By contrast, the number of blacks attending Trump rallies was surprisingly large. They even recognise Stone when he goes to the supermarket.

At this point in the campaign, Stone said that Trump’s chances were ‘amazing’. He had enough Republican delegates at that point but expected him to get the ‘Barry Goldwater treatment’. However, Americans would be smart enough to recognise this and ignore it. (This is what happened on November 8. In fact, a PBS programme broadcast on November 18 showed that, once illegal votes were removed, Trump won the popular vote by a large margin.)

Returning to the topic of the black vote on May 31, Stone pointed out that black unemployment doubled under Obama.

Larry Nichols‘s interview on June 2 was apocalyptic. Violence at Trump rallies was breaking out in the western United States at this time. After warning listeners not to trust Big Media including news agencies such as Reuters, which he named, he said that Hillary Clinton needs ‘to get right with God’.

He said that back in the Arkansas days when Bill was governor, the Clintons and Nichols used to scheme as to how they would achieve a particular target. Their limits were very elastic. In this election, Nichols said that there would be a limit but what it was could turn out to be rather extreme.

Nichols was fearful that America would soon be under siege. Faced with this possibility, Nichols said, ‘One man [asks] — what can I do? It takes fewer people’ than we think ‘to resist them’. He said that people don’t need to become broadcasters like Alex Jones. What is needed is for everyone to bring their own talents and skills to serve their country. He reminded Jones that only ‘3% to 4%’ of colonists participated in the Revolutionary War — and won.

He continued: ‘Where is the George Washington? We won’t know until we engage. Engage — and when we do, we will know what to do.’ Nichols was concerned that police are being prosecuted for doing their jobs and thought that it was conceivable that major US cities might ask federal authorities to intervene. He saw it happening as an ‘incremental’ wave with police officers withdrawing their services, broken because of Obama and his allies. The government could then step in and do almost anything.

Nichols appealed to Americans to ‘set up an overall umbrella’ of awareness ‘to save this country. [That’s] the big picture’. He said what must be done is 1) ‘stop Hillary’ and 2) support states’ rights.

He did not want to say that he supported Trump officially, but he liked the way Trump ‘talks straight to the people’ via Twitter. He also said that Trump must pick up on the whole Vince Foster story, the truth of which must come out.

Roger Stone spoke with Alex Jones on June 3: ‘All this violence’ would help Trump. It was ‘agitprop, paid for’.

He said the election was not a matter of Left versus Right — ‘a Hegelian construct designed to distract people’ — but rather Democrats and Republicans versus Trump. He reminded listeners that Newt Gingrich said Trump was ‘not part of the establishment’. Stone said that Trump is ‘George Washington Part II’, an ‘icebreaker’.

Jones took listener calls while Stone was on air. One was alarmed that police were not doing enough to break up the rally violence and help Trump supporters caught up in it. Another caller feared that Trump would be assassinated that summer. Alex Jones said that Big Media were not covering the protests enough. Stone was more sanguine, saying that ‘the sleeping giant’ — the public — was awake and active: ‘I’ve never seen this type of grassroots power [before]’. He assured listeners that the momentum was with Trump.

Stone emphasised that the Trump campaign was anti-globalist. Trump was getting his messages across because he spoke plainly. What he says about the middle class is true. Even the establishment was acknowledging that. He said that the elites connect internationally and can’t relate to a trickle-down scenario within a nation. He said Hillary was ‘a corporatist’ who spoke in soundbites, adopted fake accents and ‘carefully calibrated’ her campaigns.

He also said Republicans on the whole were too nice. Democrats don’t ask permission, they just go ahead and do something.

He went on to say that Trump must expose Hillary as an enabler, then get to the truth about Benghazi and the Clinton Foundation. He was looking forward to Bill’s women coming out of the woodwork to tell their stories once more.

He ended with a warning about the Bushes, who were every bit as guilty as the Clintons. Both families are ‘connected equally at the hip’. They are ‘one crime family’.

June 3 was the day when things went crazy in San Jose. Leftists attacked a Trump supporter with eggs, narrowly missing her left eye. San Jose’s mayor blamed Trump for the violence. Police were stood down from the protests. Big Media covered next to nothing about it.

This month, post-election protests went on for days, driving more people to Trump. What these malcontents hoped to achieve is unclear other than to pick up spare cash. In any event, their tactics backfired in a big way.

2 comments for “Insiders’ analysis of presidential campaign — part 2

  1. November 20, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Again, thank you for the series, crammed with detail.

    • November 20, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      You’re most welcome, James! Part 3 to be posted shortly.

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