Stone screams for attention, constantly; squeezing a body-builder physique into pinstripe suits, reeling of names of liberals he has slimed and conservatives he claims to have got elected – chief among them, President Donald Trump. Is he an ideologue or a show man? Puppet master or self-promoter?

He’s certainly well connected. In 1972, Stone, only a teenager, offered to play a dirty trick on a Republican running against Richard Nixon in that year’s presidential primaries. He showed up at the opponent’s headquarters with a jar of pennies and said they were a donation from the Young Socialist Alliance.