President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE’s longtime friend and former adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneBannon says he discussed how to 'kill this administration in the crib' with Trump before Jan. 6 Roger Stone served with Capitol riot lawsuit during radio interview Lawyer for 17 Jan. 6 defendants says he's been released from hospital MORE was uninvited to an annual dinner by a Florida GOP group after attacking former first lady Barbara Bush.
The Okaloosa Republican Executive Committee told Northwest Florida Daily News on Thursday that the invitation was rescinded after Stone called Bush “a nasty drunk.”
Stone reportedly also said she “drank so much booze, if they cremated her … her body would burn for three days,” according to media reports.
The GOP committee's chairman, Mark Franks, said the organization “ended our contract” with Stone, who was scheduled to be the keynote speaker for their Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner in May.
“It’s tough to lose a speaker when you’re three weeks out, but this is what I felt needed to be done out of respect for Barbara Bush,” Franks said. “I thought he’d be entertaining but for me this went over the line.”
Stone, however, contradicted Franks and told the Florida outlet that he was the one who ended the contract.
“I cancelled my appearance as the sponsors wanted to censor my public comments, which is unacceptable,” he said in an email.
Stone said the day an “officious country club Republican in Fort Walton Beach” tells him what he can and cannot say is the “day that hell freezes over.”
Stone reportedly emailed a committee member and said “most Americans, most Republicans HATE the Bushes,” the Daily News reported.
The White House said Friday that Trump is not attending Bush’s funeral.
“To avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service, President Trump will not attend,” the White House said in a statement.
First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFormer aide sees Melania Trump as 'the doomed French queen': book If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again? Former Trump aide Stephanie Grisham planning book: report MORE will attend on behalf of the administration.
Bush, whose husband was former President George H.W. Bush, died on Tuesday night at age 92.