Republican political consultant Roger Stone appeared to use a racial slur during an interview with black radio host Morris W. O’Kelly broadcast live on Saturday night.
Stone, 68, was due to enter prison on July 14 to begin a 40-month sentence for obstructing the congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
He had his sentence commuted by Donald Trump on July 10.
During the 30-minute discussion, O’Kelly asked him why he thought he had been pardoned, suggesting it was due to his friendship with Trump rather than the merits of the case.
Roger Stone, who had his sentence commuted by Trump, spoke to Morris O’Kelly on Saturday
Morris O’Kelly, host of The Mo’Kelly Show, spoke to Roger Stone on Saturday night
‘I do believe that certain people are treated differently in the federal justice system. I do absolutely believe that,’ said O’Kelly.
‘But I also believe that your friendship and relationship and history with Donald Trump weighed more heavily than him just wanting to make sure that justice was done by a person in the justice system, that you were treated so unfairly.
‘There are thousands of people treated unfairly daily. Hell, your number just happened to come up in the lottery. I’m guessing it was more than just luck, Roger, right?’
There was a pause, then what sounds like Stone’s voice can be heard telling someone on the other end: ‘I don’t really feel like arguing with this n***o.’
O’Kelly, shocked, then responds: ‘I’m sorry, what was that? Roger? I’m sorry, what did you say?’
O’Kelly keeps on trying to resume the conversation.
‘I hear that the line is not dead,’ O’Kelly says, as the silence drags on.
Roger Stone pictured on July 12 at his home days after his sentence was commuted by the president
After 40 seconds of not talking to O’Kelly, Stone suddenly reappears.
O’Kelly resumes the conversation.
‘I was talking and you said something about ‘n***o’ so I wasn’t exactly sure,’ O’Kelly said.
‘I did not,’ Stone replied. ‘You’re out of your mind.’
He went on to dismiss the accusation with an exasperated ‘whatever.’
Stone says: ‘You keep going in and out. Is there a cell phone issue? I lose you, there’s a lot going on here.’
After the interview finished, O’Kelly explained why he kept going.
‘I’m still processing,’ he said, sounding shaken.
‘My job as I see it, was to keep Roger Stone on the phone. My job was to keep him talking for your benefit,’ he told listeners.
‘The only thing that I felt was true, honest, and sincere that Roger Stone said was in that moment when he felt I was not listening,’ he said.
‘As far as he was concerned, he was talking and arguing with a n***o.’
O’Kelly was dismayed that Stone apparently used a racial slur – something Stone denies
O’Kelly later posted a blog about the incident.
‘Stone offered an unfiltered, unvarnished one-sentence expression of how he saw the journalist interviewing him,’ O’Kelly wrote.
‘He didn’t see me as a journalist, not as a professional, not a radio host…but a “N***o” first and foremost.
‘Thirty years as an entertainment professional, twenty of them in radio. “N***o” was the first perjorative uttered. The low-calorie version of the N-Word.
‘The audio is, what it is and it’s mine. The subsequent conclusions are yours.’
Stone later denied using a racial epithet, despite it being on live radio.
‘Categorically false,’ he said. ‘Seems obvious that Kelly seeks to boost his pathetic ratings with a fabricated claim.
‘Anyone who is aware of my 30 years of opposition to the racist war on drugs will realize how fabricated this is.
‘Now I challenge you to use my entire quote.’