Donald Trump’s Top Adviser Roger Stone Quit… or Got Fired

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Donald Trump says he fired his top political strategist and adviser, Roger Stone. Stone says it was his decision to quit. Whatever the details, the two have parted ways. Is Trump’s campaign unraveling?

“Mr. Trump fired Roger Stone last night,” a spokesman for Trump’s campaign told CNN on Saturday. “We have a tremendously successful campaign and Roger wanted to use the campaign for his own personal publicity. He has had a number of articles about him recently and Mr. Trump wants to keep the focus of the campaign on how to make America great again.”

However Stone had a different version of the events, tweeting:

Stone also spoke to CNN, saying to host Poppy Harlow: “I resigned largely because I thought I was having no impact.”

Stone’s resignation email to Trump reportedly said, “Unfortunately, the current controversies involving personalities and provocative media fights have reached such a high volume that it has distracted attention from your platform and overwhelmed your core message.”

The letter went on to say, “With this current direction of the candidacy, I no longer can remain involved in your campaign.

“I care about you as a friend and wish you well. Be assured I will continue to be vocal and active in the national debate to ensure our nation does not again turn to the failed and distrusted Bush/Clinton families.”

Political consultant Roger Stone

Stone believes that Trump’s feud with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is hurting his image and sidetracking the campaign. He said to CNN: “I have nothing but admiration and respect for Donald Trump. “I have been to two of his three weddings and both of his parents’ funerals.”

“This is just politics,” Stone added. “He can win the Republican nomination, but he needs to get his campaign back on track. I think he can be a very good President.”

It’s no secret that there’s no love lost between Trump and Kelly. The two clashed during the GOP debate on Thursday night, and it wasn’t over there.

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, coming out of her – wherever,” Trump told CNN host Don Lemon on Friday.

Many believed that the comment was crude and referencing menstruation — that basically Kelly was “on the rag.” But Trump’s camp says that’s not the case.

A statement issued on Saturday said, “Mr. Trump made Megyn Kelly look really bad – she was a mess with her anger and caught totally off guard.”

“Mr. Trump said, ‘blood was coming out of her eyes and whatever,’ meaning her nose, and wanted to move on to more important topics,” the statement added. “Only a deviant would think anything else.”

Late on Friday, Erick Erickson — who is the editor of the conservative blog network RedState and a Fox News contributor — announced that he was “disinvited” Donald Trump to RedState’s annual conference due to Trump’s comments about Kelly.

“As much as I do personally like Donald Trump, his comment about Megyn Kelly on CNN is a bridge too far for me,” Erickson wrote. “There are just real lines of decency a person running for President should not cross.”

However, it should be noted that Erickson has made his share of comments that could be considered sexist as well.

We’ll see how all this controversy affects Trump in the eyes of voters. So far, no matter what the man has said or done, his popularity in the polls seems to continue to rise.

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