Of Course Your Neckwear Is Crucial: What To Wear For Your Arraignment

Who Are These People Chapter 475: Stone's bizarre Nixon-style victory tour. Photo by Andrew Harnick/AP

Making the most of his gaudy moment in the political spotlight, grifter, liar, co-conspirator, Nixon fan-boy and pin-striped, self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" Roger Stone has made a weird Daily Caller video to explain his fashion choices for court, declaring, “You have to think long and hard about what you’re going to wear before your arraignment.” In the video, which surfaced soon after he pleaded not guilty in court to a slew of Mueller charges - "partisan witch hunt"! - Stone offers smug riffs on his shirt, suit, tie, cuff links, pocket square and (ewww) underwear. He elucidates why, say, he wouldn't wear one of his famed  double-breasted Saville Row English suits because he can't do a good Nixon-victory-tour salute in them, all while lamenting he's "dirt poor at this point, having been financially destroyed by the two-year Inquisition by Robert Mueller and his partisan hit squad."

Many view Stone's theatrical costume drama as part of a political ploy, a deliberate effort to control the narrative and project power - though not quite enough power to steal an election - in a town where, said one analyst, “If you’re putting on a suit, it’s almost like a suit of armor." And while some actual fashion plates scoffed at Stone's parading of decades-old outfits, Daily Caller fans loved it, including one "financially challenged widow" who sent him money anyway. "He will stand tall in court and the leftist traitors will be destroyed," gloated one. Another was clear on the threat facing us: "Say no to socialism." The real world, though, was less impressed. After Stone eagerly mouthed off on various right-wing talk shows, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson reminded him "this is a criminal proceeding, not a public relations campaign" and threatened to issue a gag order - which might, oh please, wipe that smirk off his creepy, privileged, showboating face.


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