- Republican strategist Roger Stone had his Twitter account suspended on Saturday.
- The move came after Stone lashed out at several CNN reporters and called them derogatory slurs.
- Sources told BuzzFeed the suspension is permanent.
Roger Stone, a longtime Republican strategist and an informal adviser to President Donald Trump, had his Twitter account suspended on Saturday.
Stone spent much of Friday evening and night attacking CNN personalities after the outlet reported that special counsel Robert Mueller had filed the first charges in his Russia investigation. Mueller is examining Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, as well as whether any members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the election in his favour.
After the news broke, Stone took to Twitter and lashed out at CNN’s Jake Tapper and Don Lemon, as well as network commentator and New York Times columnist Charles Blow. He accused them, without evidence, of lying and called them “fake news,” as well as several derogatory slurs.
Stone also tweeted out CNN’s story about Mueller’s charges and captioned it, “Breaking: Mueller indicts @PaulManafort’s driver for double parking.” He was referring to Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman who is one of Mueller’s key subjects in the Russia investigation.
Stone later followed up, writing that Mueller was indicting “@PaulManafort’s maid for tearing labels of sofa cushions.”
Stone’s suspension from Twitter is permanent, sources told BuzzFeed shortly after the account was shut down.
“I have been informed that I have been suspended for 3 hours and 12 minutes,” Stone told Business Insider.
While I am uncertain why, sometimes the stark truth offends some people. I’ll be baaaaaak.”
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