- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Fox News has reportedly suspended David Bossie, the former deputy campaign manager for President Trump, after he used a racially insensitive term to denigrate a black Democratic strategist.

Mr. Bossie, the longtime president of Citizens United, told Joel Payne on “Fox & Friends” Sunday morning that he was out of his “cotton-picking mind” for suggesting Mr. Trump is racist.

“Cotton-picking mind?” Mr. Payne erupted. “Brother, let me tell you something. Let me tell you something. I’ve got some relatives who picked cotton. And I’m not going to sit here and allow you to attack me like that on TV. I’m not out of my cotton-picking mind.”

Fox News host Ed Henry almost immediately apologized on-air for Mr. Bossie’s remark, saying, “I want to make clear that Fox News and this show, myself, we don’t agree with that particular phrase. It was obviously offensive.”

Mr. Payne later told MSNBC that he felt “demeaned” and enraged by Mr. Bossie’s remark.

“Unfortunately, that’s just par for the course with this president and with the people who surround him,” Mr. Payne said. “It’s really not something that we should be surprised with.”

Mr. Bossie took to Twitter to apologize.

A Fox News spokesperson also said the comments were “deeply offensive and wholly inappropriate.”

According to a report by The Daily Beast, the network suspended Mr. Bossie from his contributing role for two weeks.

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