Roger Stone, a friend and former top advisor to President Donald Trump, appeared at a hearing Thursday to throw himself on the mercy of the court for his attack meme against the judge in the case.
According to Courthouse News reporter Britian Eakin, Stone was all over the place with excuses for what happened.
First, Stone claimed that a staffer or volunteer posted the meme. Just a few moments later, Stone said that he posted the image. When Judge Amy Berman Jackson probed him further, Stone clarified that the volunteer sent him the image but he was the one who uploaded it to the account.
While Stone admitted it was a mistake and huge error in judgment, Jackson questioned the sincerity. She wanted to know if Stone told right-wing conspiracy peddler InfoWars that the attention over his Instagram meme was an example of the media making him a target.
“I want to know if you said that,” Jackson said.
Stone said “yes,” but he said that because he felt the media was adding malicious intent to a photo he said he didn’t even notice had crosshairs on it.
“The defendant’s testimony at this hearing was not credible,” Eakin quoted prosecutor Jonathan Kravis. He said that Stone’s “apologies are belied by his testimony – even after he realized the Instagram post was a mistake he continued to make media statements echoing its message (Mueller = deep state hitman, the #fixisin).”
Jackson said that she was concerned that Stone has used his platform to “incite others who may feel less constrained,” and it poses a “risk that others with violent inclinations might be inflamed,” Eakin said. she called his actions “deliberate” and called him out for not being able to keep his story straight while on the stand.
She called the apology “hollow,” but thanked his attorneys for theirs. She decided he can no longer post to any social media or make public appearances. She noted he can still fundraise for his defense, but the gag order just locked down the so-called “dirty trickster.”
Jackson said that there would be no “third chance,” and if he violates the gag order again he’ll go to jail.
Watch the internet unleash hilarity below:
I'll be glad when this is over just so that we don't have to hear one more word about Rogers taint.
— The Littlest Cretin (@DLittlestCretin) February 21, 2019
This is the kicker- he makes a living off of opening his fat mouth BUT that means now he is PROFITING off of his attempts to taint the jury pool and threaten the judge. This can not stand and he can not be trusted. I vote full gag order.
— r2no (@r2no2) February 21, 2019
Just throw him in jail already!
— Ali Van Zee (@alikat747) February 21, 2019
To Roger Stone's claim that he did not recognize the image and believed it to be a Celtic symbol, here is another image from Stone's Instagram account from February 12 in which he writes, "I am in Mueller's cross hairs." pic.twitter.com/9QMmYLod3Y
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 21, 2019
Roger Stone be like…….. pic.twitter.com/E0QP3b9Ojx
— Sodamncoolsmom -PelosisMySpiritAnimal (@sodamncoolsmom) February 21, 2019
Jail dat tail
— Elam McKnight (@ElamMcKnight) February 21, 2019
So he had not one, but TWO lapses of judgement. What are the chance for three??
— Cindy Noel (@floridanative64) February 21, 2019
Lock him up it’s clear he’s not sorry. Even on Facebook he liked an article saying ppl were lying about him
— Renegade Cowboy 🐾 ⚓️🐾 (@Rene_gadeCowboy) February 21, 2019
Dude she sounds like me trying to get my oldest daughter to confess to something I knew she did when she was like 10.
— Trina G. (@Sassyt1274) February 21, 2019
I wonder how all the alt right tough guys are handling watching an alpha like Roger Stone beg for forgiveness and declare his own stupidity.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) February 21, 2019
I’m going to go out on a limb here and postulate that Mr Roger Stone is full of shit. https://t.co/xBEiEDTIeW
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) February 21, 2019
And worth repeating: Roger Stone has repeatedly issued violent threats against his supposed political enemies. Violent rhetoric is a part of his online behavior. https://t.co/W0kAbZS4w2 pic.twitter.com/SMtBQf4XgQ
— Eric Hananoki (@ehananoki) February 21, 2019
Roger Stone just told the court that he thought the crosshairs in the picture he posted of Judge Amy Berman Jackson actually depicted a Celtic cross.
The Celtic cross he is referring to is a notorious white supremacist symbol. pic.twitter.com/oJo2CPd2EE
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) February 21, 2019
Roger Stone tried to turn his indictment into a baroque theater of the absurd — and today that’s catching up with him in court https://t.co/AbDhikNcpF
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) February 21, 2019
— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) February 21, 2019
Just browsing through Roger Stone’s Instagram, there is so much to love, but I think my favorite gram was the time when he stood in front of the “Cold” in “Cold Stone.”
Close second: When he held a dog and talked about the BBQ ribs at a local racetrack. pic.twitter.com/MPpgXWjBZ2
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) February 21, 2019
It's Wednesday, or as I like to call it, Roger Stone's last 24 hours of freedom.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 20, 2019
— (((JE Bornstein🍀🍀🍀 (@JosephBornstein) February 21, 2019
You just cant make this shit up!
— HRVaughn🌊 (@RHeathervaughn) February 21, 2019
If Roger Stone is broke, won't going to jail save him money?
— Impercipient (@DenverCities) February 21, 2019