Fox News pundit and former Trump aide tells black panelist he is 'out of his cotton-picking mind' in live TV debate

David Bossie and Joel Payne became embroiled in a heated exchange about the rhetoric employed when discussing immigration and other issues

Maya Oppenheim
Monday 25 June 2018 20:26
Comments
David Bossie, former Deputy Campaign Manager for Trump, tells a black panelist he is 'out of his cotton picking mind'

Donald Trump’s former deputy campaigner told a black Fox News guest he is “out of his cotton-picking mind” during a live TV debate.

David Bossie and Joel Payne – a Democratic strategist - became embroiled in a heated exchange on Fox & Friends about the rhetoric employed when discussing immigration and other issues on Sunday.

Mr Payne accused the Trump administration and its supporters of using coded racism to attract certain parts of the US population.

He said: “You don’t have to be a golden retriever to hear all the dog whistles coming out of the White House these days and from my friend David here”.

Mr Bossie then drew attention to the fact former CIA director Michael Hayden compared the child detention centres for migrant children to Auschwitz.

“Yeah, that liberal Michael Hayden,” Mr Payne sarcastically replied.

This prompted Mr Bossie to respond: “You are out of your cotton-picking mind!”

“Cotton-picking mind?” Mr Payne interjected. “Brother, let me tell you something, I got some relatives who picked cotton and I’m not going to sit back and let you attack me on TV like that.

“Attack you how? You’re out of your mind,” Mr Bossie said.

“This is ridiculous, this is what’s gone on in America. This is what we’re about,” he said.

After an ad break, Fox News host Ed Henry said: “Bossie used a phrase that clearly offended Joel Payne and offended many others.”

The host also said he did not know what Mr Bossie had meant by the saying.

Mr Henry said: “I just want to address what happened in that debate, obviously got fiery, David Bossie used a phrase that clearly offended Joel Paine and offended many others. I don’t know what David meant by it.

“You know, what went back and forth between the two of them. I’ve known David a long time. I’ll let him address exactly what he said.

“But I want to make sure that Fox News and this show, myself, we don’t agree with that particular phrase. It was obviously offensive and these debates get fiery, that’s unfortunate. We like to have honest and spirited debates, but not phrases like that, obviously. And so I will just leave it at that.”

A Fox News spokesperson told The Independent: “David Bossie’s comments today were deeply offensive and wholly inappropriate. His remarks do not reflect the sentiments of FOX News and we do not in any way condone them.”

Mr Bossie also put out a tweet apologising for his comment.

Cotton picking was historically used to describe the work of African-American slaves who were forced to harvest cotton crops.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in