Jun 26, 2018

Fox News suspends former Trump aide over "cotton-picking" remark

David Bossie. Photo: Ben Jackson/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Fox News has slapped a two week suspension on President Trump’s former deputy campaign manager David Bossie, who told Democratic strategist Joel Payne, who is black, “you’re out of your cotton-picking mind," the Daily Beast reports.

The details: Bossie, a veteran conservative activist and paid Fox News commentator, made the remarks Sunday on Fox & Friends Weekend. Host Ed Henry condemned the comments after a commercial break, 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.” Bossie also tweeted an apology.

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