Oliver Stone says 'lawfare' is new kind of 'warfare' being waged against Trump

"It’s a new form of warfare. It’s called lawfare. And that’s what they’re using against Trump."

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
Critically acclaimed director Oliver Stone called former President Donald J. Trump a victim of lawfare and argued during a recent interview with Variety that the United States has been headed down a path of corruption.

Stone, known for his politically charged documentaries, made the remarks while discussing his new documentary about socialist Brazilian President Lula da Silva. The film will premiere at the Cannes Festival in France. Lula, as he's called, has been a favorite of many American progressive lawmakers, like AOC and Joe Biden.

The filmmaker compared Donald Trump's political trials to Lula's, which included a corruption probe that resulted in a 580-day jail sentence, and referred to the 91 indictments against Trump by Biden's Department of Justice as "lawfare."

"The charges on both sides of the Trump-Biden election are pretty wild — that Biden is corrupt and Trump is corrupt," Stone told Variety. "It’s a new form of warfare. It’s called lawfare. And that’s what they’re using against Trump."

"I think there’s interesting parallels here in America, as well as all over the world, you’re seeing this kind of behavior. [Trump’s] got four trials and some of these charges, whether you’re for him or against him, they are minor," said Stone.

Stone, who is not a particular fan of the former president, claimed that corruption charges filed against political figures are usually done without examining the root cause.

"Corruption is a way of life," the director said. "It goes back to the Greeks, the Romans, and before that the Babylonians, there’s corruption all through history, so let’s not be Pollyannas about it and think we’re ‘America the clean’ and we’re better than anybody else. That’s such bullsh*t."

Skeptical of Trump's legal cases, Stone argued that the primary cause of political corruption is money-driven politics. He stated that politicians want to be seen positively in the public eye and will use money to guarantee that they are perceived as they want to be, opening the door to corruption.

"In a broad sense of the word, it’s manipulation of your office," said Stone. “You’re trying to control what the perception of you is in the public eye. And if you’re willing to pay money for that. That’s part of the concept of corruption, isn’t it?"

"There is life, there is death and there’s corruption," he explained. "But it’s a scale. You can’t point fingers at another country and say that is a corrupt country and that president has to be removed from office or we have to attack them or end a regime. Who are we to say those things when we are deeply corrupt? Look at the [two] parties. We should be multi-party and we should have public money in politics like they do in Poland. Or look at the English and the French models."

The documentary by Stone chronicles Lula's fall from grace and the intricate sequence of events that culminated in the reversal of his conviction, Variety reports. Lula went on to become president in what many call a corrupt election against Jair Bolsonaro. After leaving office, Bolsonaro has become the focus of prosecution.

While Lula is a socialist and Trump is a Republican, Stone used the analogies between the two leaders to demonstrate that politics is corrupt regardless of political affiliation.

Sign in to comment


Powered by The Post Millennial CMS™ Comments

Join and support independent free thinkers!

We’re independent and can’t be cancelled. The establishment media is increasingly dedicated to divisive cancel culture, corporate wokeism, and political correctness, all while covering up corruption from the corridors of power. The need for fact-based journalism and thoughtful analysis has never been greater. When you support The Post Millennial, you support freedom of the press at a time when it's under direct attack. Join the ranks of independent, free thinkers by supporting us today for as little as $1.

Support The Post Millennial

Remind me next month

To find out what personal data we collect and how we use it, please visit our Privacy Policy

By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
© 2024 The Post Millennial, Privacy Policy | Do Not Sell My Personal Information