Netflix has released their latest original documentary digging into the rightwing political operative Roger Stone. Roger Stone has popped up throughout the years in American politics from Watergate to the rise of Donald Trump.
The new documentary shows that Stone is proud to be a political operative and enjoys the nickname “Prince of Darkness.” The new documentary brings in talking heads such as Fox News host Tucker Carlson and New Yorker writers Jeffrey Toobin and Jane Mayer. However, the main narrator is Roger Stone himself, who speaks freely throughout the documentary.
Throughout the film, Stone proudly paints himself as a dirtbag and sleazeball and who is on a drive for fame. He is a regular on Infowars and a hero among the Trump followers. He splits up the documentary discussing the principles he lives by, also known as “Stone’s rules” and his first rule is “It is better to be infamous than to never be famous at all.” Another: “Hate is a more powerful motivator than love.”
While the film details Stone’s influence on the Republican history, it also details the history of what has happened to the Republican Party over the last 50 years. The film starts out showing Stone’s time as a young activist before becoming a political operative and ending up one of Washington D.C’s most powerful lobbyist. He even teamed up with Paul Manafort to start a lobbying firm.
‘Get Me Roger Stone’ displayed Stone’s value of disinformation and used that in deploying massive spending for attack ads. The film highlights Stone’s fight against Ross Perot’s Reform Party in 2000. Stone encouraged Donald J. Trump to run, with the intention of splitting the party’s vote.
Stone has been a devout supporter for a long period of time. Throughout the film, Trump talks about Stone and his willpower and how Stone has been trying to get him to run since 1987. Stone does not deny it saying, “I was like a jockey looking for a horse,” he says. “He was like a prime piece of political horseflesh, in my view.”
Throughout the film, it begins clear how much of Trump’s message is very similar to Roger Stone. Stone has been a key figure in the Trump campaign, he was seen as the man who convinced Trump to fire Corey Lewandowski and hire Paul Manafort. Manafort eventually left the campaign and was replaced by Breitbart executive Steve Bannon.
The film paints a dire image of men that are driven by power and money and not so much by political ideology. While Americans may hate him, Stone says he enjoys their hatred. “I revel in your hatred,” he says. “Because if I weren’t effective, you wouldn’t hate me.” Stone proclaims early on that one of his rules is that “the past is fucking prologue.”