- Roger Stone said if former President Donald Trump doesn’t run for office again, Michael Flynn should be drafted by his supporters.
- “I think we need one candidate who can galvanize the America First movement,” Stone told right-wing news outlet Newsmax.
- Flynn is a former national security advisor who Trump pardoned in November 2020.
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Roger Stone said if former president Donald Trump does not run for office in 2024, former national security advisor Michael Flynn “should be drafted” by his supporters.
Stone is a longtime Trump ally and former campaign advisor. He was previously convicted of multiple felonies linked to Russia inference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump later pardoned Stone in December 2020.
Flynn is also a staunch Trump ally who was pardoned by the then-president last November after he pleaded guilty in December 2017 to one count of lying to investigators as part of the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference, as Insider’s Sonam Sheth reported.
Flynn and Stone are both high-profile conspiracy theory peddlers who have remained supportive of Trump by touting baseless claims including those related to the 2020 presidential election.
Stone told right-wing news outlet Newsmax on Saturday that Flynn is currently “not a candidate for anything,” but he would back his candidacy if Trump doesn’t enter the 2024 race.
He is not interested in running for public office, but he is interested in helping save this country,” Stone told Newsmax.
“If President Trump decides to run, I am 100% in his corner. He is my first choice in 2024, he’s been my first choice since 1988” he said. “In the event that he decides not to run, I think we need one candidate who can galvanize the America First movement.”
Stone compared Flynn to President Dwight Eisenhower, a “non-politician” who he said “should be drafted by the American people” and Trump’s supporters.
—Newsmax (@newsmax) May 8, 2021
Despite his repeating of baseless election fraud claims and an impeachment trial over his alleged role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, Trump has remained at the forefront of reports around the GOP bid in the 2024 election.
Most recently, Trump told Fox News in April he was “very seriously” considering a 2024 run. Insider’s Thomas Colson previously reported that some top Republican figures, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have said they would back the former president’s potential run.
—Acyn (@Acyn) April 20, 2021