President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser Roger Stone posted an edited image of himself, Trump and many others with affiliations to the current administration donning space suits affixed with swastikas on Instagram.
On Monday, Stone shared the now-deleted image, but, luckily, screenshots never die! The image featured the words “Space Force ― in space no one can hear you lie” with the accompanying caption: “I love this – proud to be in this crew – but the only lies being told are by liberal scumbags.”
Over on the instagram, Roger Stone seems to be in the “space force all the way!” camp. pic.twitter.com/57yT1HOKkI
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 14, 2018
Many on social media were, uh, confused by the post:
— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) August 14, 2018
Interesting to see that Roger Stone is embracing the swastika. https://t.co/Cj2bc4jIbx
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) August 14, 2018
Roger Stone approves of image of him and other Trump cultists under a swastika: “I love this!” pic.twitter.com/syRwD2abQ8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 14, 2018
"I love this, proud to be in this crew" says Roger Stone of a photoshopped picture of Trump and friends wearing *checks notes* fuken swastikas. pic.twitter.com/aQSlFnsh64
— The Warax (@iAmTheWarax) August 14, 2018
And Roger Stone unironically instagramed this because of course he did. https://t.co/YicITnlVfe
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) August 14, 2018
The image appears to have been created by critics of the administration, as it features the president alongside Vice President Mike Pence, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Fox News host Sean Hannity all wearing suits affixed with swastikas.
On Tuesday afternoon, Stone shared another image on Instagram that read, “SORRY” and apologized for the “Space Force” photo.
“Last night I posted an image attacking me and other supporters of the President that was sent to me by a hater. I did so to mock them,” wrote Stone.
“I did not notice the image had a swastika in the corner. When It was brought to my attention I deleted it – so u libtards who are frothing at the mouth can stop sending insulting comments will only get u blocked.”
Stone’s been under the public microscope since last month when special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 suspected Russian intelligence officers. In addition to that recent indictment linked to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, Mueller is also investigating a person who was in communication with the hackers and “who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump.” Many believe this refers to Stone ― including Stone himself, although he has denied contacting Russian agents.
Stone has previously posted screenshots of his interactions with one of the suspected hackers, Guccifer 2.0, and he even said in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he believes “I probably am the person referred to.”
Despite that and his willingness to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation, Stone has also said that he won’t testify against Trump because he has nothing negative to say about him.