Former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh (Ill.) has been suspended from his radio show until further notice for using a series of racial slurs on air about the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins nickname, he said in a string of tweets.
Walsh used the n-word on air before he was cut off on his show, which dumped into a commercial.
Walsh then tweeted about the issue, saying in a message on Twitter that he apparently couldn't use certain words without being cut off.
Found out if I said Redskins or Cracker or Redneck Bible Thumper, I could stay on. But if I said Nigger or Spick, they cut me off.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 20, 2014
Walsh served one term in Congress before he was defeated by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) in 2012. While in Congress, he was known for fiery comments that sometimes drew accusations that he was crossing a line.
"I don't know how you can have the discussion without identifying the terms," Walsh told the newspaper.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday canceled six Washington Redskins trademarks that include the team's name, determining the term is disparaging to Native Americans.
Walsh said he is off the air until further notice, adding, "I hope they reconsider."
He explained the incident in a series of tweets, some shown below:
I'm trying to have an honest, adult conversations about words without resorting to alphabet soup phrases(C-word, N-word, etc)— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 19, 2014
If Redskins is just like the "n-word" why can I say Redskins on-air without being dumped out into a commercial?— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 19, 2014
Just got kicked off the air until further notice. Tried to have honest discussion about racist terms and management censored my language.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 20, 2014
Tried to talk about racial slurs tonight. Radio station sent me home. Don't know what's going to happen next. We'll find out Friday at 5pm.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 20, 2014
— Update 3:15 p.m.
Walsh, later Friday, released a recording of his show and said he would be back on the air later in the day.