Roger Stone calls Black radio host racial slur in interview

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 20, 2020

I'm sorry, you're arguing with whom?

O'Kelly continued: "I was talking, and you said something about negro so I wasn't exactly sure". "There are thousands of people treated unfairly daily", said O'Kelly on the Mr. Mo'Kelly Show (hear it here).

O'Kelly asked Stone. "Roger?"

Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison, but Trump commuted that sentence on July 10 - just days before Stone was to report for detention.

Listen above (start at 12:00), via The Mo'Kelly Show.

O'Kelly persisted on having Stone respond.

After a few seconds of silence, Stone can be heard quietly muttering what sounds like "I don't really feel like arguing with this Negro".

O'Kelly told the New York Times on Saturday evening that Stone represented "many Americans": "If there's a takeaway from the conversation, it is that Roger Stone gave an unvarnished look into what is in the heart of many Americans today", he said.

"I did not, you're out of your mind", he said.

"The only thing that I felt was true, honest and sincere that Roger Stone said was in that moment that he thought I was not listening", O'Kelly said.

Stone's attorney on Sunday said he was unaware of the broadcast and had no immediate comment. Stone says he doesn't expect any formal offer, or to join the campaign.

After the interview, Stone doubled down on his denial by telling the Associated Press in a statement that anyone who knows him "knows I despise racism!" This time, however, it's not witness tampering that he's being accused of, but rather of using a term from the last century that has since become a racial slur on air, purportedly directed at Morris O'Kelly, the African-American radio host interviewing him.

During the programme, Stone said the president acted out of compassion and the jury that weighed his case was tainted.

Others went even further by suggesting that the term should not be considered a racial slur and called for it to be legitimised again.

"My life was in imminent danger", Stone added, saying he was at risk of being infected by the coronavirus in prison.

"As a private citizen, I will be active on the president's behalf, writing, speaking, advocating", Stone said. By the late 1960s, the word was scorned by activists in favour of such descriptors as "Black". "He did it as an act of mercy".

According to the AP, Stone also claimed in his statement that the radio show's audio was garbled, he heard cross-talk from another radio show and that the audio of his remarks was cut off.

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