President Trump’s reprieved adviser Roger Stone called a black radio host a “Negro” during a heated live interview Saturday — prompting the furious host to later tweet, “I’m nobody’s Negro.”
At the time, Stone was getting a grilling over the merits of his convictions for lying to Congress by Morris O’Kelly, known as Mo’Kelly, the host of a broadcast on Southern California’s KFI AM 640.
Mo’Kelly argued that Stone’s close friendship with Trump was the reason he was granted clemency, and not because he was treated unfairly by the justice system as Stone has insisted.
“There are thousands of people treated unfairly daily. Hell, your number just happened to come up in the lottery,” Mo’Kelly said. “I’m guessing it was more than just luck, Roger, right?
An exasperated Stone paused during the debate and appeared to vent to someone else in the room with him.
“I don’t really feel like arguing with this Negro,” Stone could be heard saying.
“I’m sorry, what was that?” Mo’Kelly responds.
“Roger? I’m sorry, what did you say?”
Stone then went silent for more than 40 seconds before claiming the phone line was going in and out.
Mo’Kelly asked Stone to repeat what he said, the word “Negro,” but Stone denied ever saying the word — which was nonetheless clearly audible on a taped version, at around the 12-minute mark of the 30-minute interview.
“I did not,” Stone insisted. “You’re out of your mind. You’re out of your mind.”
Mo’Kelly later blogged about the interview, calling Stone out for using the “low-calorie version of the N-Word.”
“[Stone] didn’t see me as a journalist, not as a professional, not a radio host … but a “Negro” first and foremost,” he wrote.
“Thirty years as an entertainment professional, twenty of them in radio. ‘Negro’ was the first pejorative uttered.”