There has been quite a bit of speculation as to why President-elect Donald Trump invited Mitt Romney to dinner and floated his name for Secretary of State. Some thought it was an attempt by Trump to be magnanimous in his win. Others remained skeptical of his motivations.
If one of his most ardent supporters is to be believed, the skepticism was warranted. Roger Stone, a Trump loyalist and political consultant spoke about the controversial move on a recent episode of Alex Jones’: InfoWars show.
The Daily Beast reports:
During a Sunday appearance on InfoWars with Alex Jones, a conspiratorial media outlet that has become a mouthpiece of the next president, Stone called Romney a “choker” and said that Trump was simply toying with him.
“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.”
Stone’s involvement with the current transition efforts is unclear as he is not formally advising Trump. But the two men have kept a close relationship for years and Stone claims that he was at Trump Tower last week. The transition team did not respond to a request for confirmation about his presence from The Daily Beast.
This isn’t the first of Trump’s inner media circle to openly criticize Romney, KellyAnne Conway famously called the idea of a Secretary of State Romney a “betrayal to Trump voters“. If this was just a move by Trump to “torture” Romney as Stone suggests, it doesn’t speak well to the man we’re going to see sworn into office in January.