Roger Stone, longtime Donald Trump ally, campaigns for Utah congressional candidate

At a campaign rally for a Utah congressional candidate who carried an air of religious revivalism, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump told the crowd that the battle for the future of the United States- United was not between Republicans and Democrats.

“It’s a fight between light and dark. It’s a fight between good and evil. It’s a fight between the pious and the ungodly,” Roger Stone said to the applause of a few hundred people, including several hundred GOP state delegates.

Stone is in Utah for Republican candidate Jason Preston, one of four Republicans challenging incumbent GOP Rep. John Curtis in the state’s 3rd congressional district. The others are Tim Aalders, Chris Herrod and Lyman Wight.

All five will make their case to delegates at the Utah Republican Party nominating convention on Saturday.

3rd District candidate Jason Preston, left, stands with Conservative political consultant and lobbyist Roger Stone during a rally for Preston at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi on Friday, April 22, 2022.

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Preston, who describes himself as a ‘patriot’ and a ‘hardcore constitutional conservative’, said Stone was looking for 30 candidates across the county who would not ‘bow down’ to the establishment and liked what he saw in the campaign of the residents of Orem. He said he didn’t pay Stone’s endorsement, but only covered his trip to Utah.

“Roger Stone is there to remind us who we are. God bless Roger Stone,” Preston said towards the end of the two-hour rally.

In November 2019, a jury found Stone guilty of obstructing a congressional investigation, lying to Congress, and witness tampering in a lawsuit stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. A judge sentenced Stone to 40 months in prison, but Trump commuted the sentence just days before reporting to jail.

Stone, 69, has joined forces with the Proud Boys, a radical right-wing group known for street violence, and the Oath Keepers, an extremist organization focused on recruiting former members of the military and forces. order, according to Washington Post.

Twitter permanently banned Stone from its platform in 2017 following an expletive rant about a number of CNN anchors.

British rock band Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” rang out in the auditorium at Thanksgiving Point as Stone took the stage. He denied any wrongdoing related to Russian election interference and said he refused to “bear false testimony” against Trump.

“I was framed because I’m a 40-year-old friend of Donald J. Trump, the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln,” he said.

During his time on stage, Stone fired darts at Republican Utah Senator Mitt Romney and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr., while calling Utah GOP Senator Mike Lee a ” great American patriot”. Romney called Stone’s switch “historical corruption.”

“God came and told me he had to be fired from the United States Senate,” Stone said of Romney as the audience cheered and cheered. He encouraged people to start a “Romney removal movement” and tell him to quit when they see him.

“We’re going to show the door to the irresponsible, the weak-kneed, the lily-livered, the corrupt, the white wine, the drinking of brie cheese, the country club membership, the Republicans of the Volvo driving establishment. “, did he declare.

Saturday’s convention, he said, is an opportunity for Utah to tell the country “we’re not going to take it anymore.” We are taking back our country.

“We are not here just to elect Republicans. It won’t solve the problem,” Stone said. “We need to elect a Republican like Jason Preston.”

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Conservative political consultant and lobbyist Roger Stone acknowledges the applause of the crowd during a rally for 3rd District candidate Jason Preston at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Preston said if elected, he would fight to close the border, get rid of the US Department of Education and government regulatory agencies, and go after Big Tech. He said he and an “army of patriots would not comply and back down.”

He called Utah “corrupt” and the crowd booed Republican Gov. Spencer Cox during one of the main event warm-up speeches.

‘Tomorrow we’re going to take this state back,’ Preston told delegates at Saturday’s GOP convention, adding that they would show the door to ‘the deep state of Utah’ and not elect a career politician. . “You have the ability to close this deep state.”

Preston, who works for the The national organization Write Your Congressman, said if the convention vote did not go his way, he would throw his support behind Aalders or Herrod, who lost to Curtis in two previous elections.

Stone said he and Preston would never give up the fight for freedom.

“We fight for the Lord,” he said.

Stone has a checkered and colorful career as a political operative. He said he had done “crazy things” in his youth and was no longer the person he was 15 years ago. Now a born-again Christian, Stone said he was proof that Jesus Christ could do anything.

“Stone spent decades as a consummate party insider – advising the campaigns of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush – but he portrayed himself as a canny outsider for much of the past two decades, flirting with third parties throughout the 2000s and defecting to libertarians in 2012, before returning to the voters’ register as, in his own words, a ‘republican rand paul’,” Tarpley Hitt recently wrote in the Desert News.

The Washington Post reported last month that never-before-seen documentary footage shows Stone working to overturn the 2020 presidential election and, after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, seek clemency from Trump supporters .

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Conservative political consultant and lobbyist Roger Stone speaks during a rally for 3rd District candidate Jason Preston at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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