President Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone has been blocked on Facebook and Instagram just days after he publicly asked the commander in chief for clemency and petitioned a federal appeals court to put off his 40-month prison sentence, his supporters charged.
“Facebook and Instagram have just disabled Roger Stone’s account in an outrageous display of censorship and because he dares to fight to prove his innocence. WE ARE ALL ROGER STONE NOW. @JackPosobiec @johncardillo @realDonaldTrump,” tweeted an account called “Age of Stone” that was tagged to the president, the conspiracy theorist Posobiec and the conservative journalist Cardillo.
Stone had posted a meme on Instagram Monday depicting him as a sword-wielding Spartan hero from the flick “300,” while showing federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who sentenced him, as Xerxes, the film’s evil antagonist, the National Memo reported.
Stone also asked a federal appeals court to delay his sentence for fear of dying in prison from coronavirus — and attacked Jackson for purportedly making “false claims” in her rulings.
“I recognize that the chances are overwhelming that the appeals court will remand the matter back to Judge Jackson,” Stone posted on Instagram, though it’s no longer available.
“But it is vitally important that the American people see all of the false claims in her most recent ruling and I want the president to know that I have, in good faith, exhausted all of my legal remedies and that an only an act of clemency by the Presideny [sic] will provide Justice in my case where I was charged on politically motivated, fabricated charges and was denied a fair trial with an unbiased judge, an honest jury and uncorrupted and non political prosecutors.”
Supporters were outraged, as Stone’s page carried only this message: “Sorry, this page isn’t available.”
“BREAKING: #RogerStone banned on FB and IG for asking @realDonaldTrump for clemency. Trump cannot let Roger spend a minute in prison,” Cardillo tweeted, while Posobiec retweeted the Age of Stone post.
Stone’s lawyers asked the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday for an emergency stay of Jackson’s ruling last week that put Stone, 67, under house arrest at his Fort Lauderdale home and ordered him to report to a federal prison by July 14.
The president has said that Stone — a self-described political fixer — should not worry that he will be sent to prison.
Stone was convicted on all seven counts of an indictment that accused him of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 election.