Dem strategist: Papa John's founder should have been fired months ago

Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) spokesman Adam Hodge said on Thursday that the founder of Papa John's, John Schnatter, who resigned for using a racial slur during a conference call, should have been fired months ago. 

"He should have been fired and let go of the company back in January when all of this blew up," Hodge told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising." 

"I think if you're a shareholder in Papa John's, today's probably a better day now," he added, referring to Schnatter's resignation. 

Schnatter stepped down as CEO of the company in December after he linked NFL players' protests during the national anthem to lower sales for the pizza company. 

Schnatter resigned from the pizza chain late Wednesday after it was reported that he used the N-word during a conference call in May.

He also reportedly said that when he was growing up in Indiana, people would drag black people from trucks until they died.

Papa John's did not deny Schnatter's comments in a statement. 

"Papa John's condemns racism and any insensitive language, no matter the situation or setting,” the statement said. “We take great pride in the diversity of the Papa John's family, though diversity and inclusion is an area we will continue to strive to do better." 

— Julia Manchester