CNN senior political analyst David Gergen suggested on the air Tuesday that Roger Stone, an associate of President Donald Trump, was concerned about being raped in prison.
Stone was indicted in January as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation for making false statements about the extent of his coordination with WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. Stone landed himself in even hotter water over the weekend after posting an Instagram photo of the judge overseeing his case over crosshairs.
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Gergen, a former advisor to Republican and Democratic presidents alike, told "Erin Burnett OutFront" guest host Kate Bolduan that Stone's post was an "act of utter stupidity," noting that the judge in question was an Obama appointee who had already thrown the book at Trump associate Paul Manafort.
"Paul Manafort could well die in jail," Gergen said. "He's a crumpled man. We've now heard harrowing tales of what's happening to him in prison, how his life has changed, how lonely, how depressed he is."
Stone, he argued, "must also worry if he goes there, he's seen as something of a dandy. Will he be physically safe? Will he be subject to rape?"