Ex-Trump adviser suspended from Fox News after telling black guest he’s out of his ‘cotton-picking mind’: report


President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE’s former deputy campaign manager has been temporarily suspended from his job as a Fox News contributor after telling a black guest he was out of his “cotton-picking mind.”

David Bossie has been suspended from the network for two weeks following the remark made on Sunday, the Daily Beast reported Monday.

The Hill has reached out to Fox News for comment.


Bossie appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Sunday and made the comment to Democratic strategist Joel Payne during a heated debate on immigration.

The panel was discussing former CIA Director Michael Hayden posting a photo of Auschwitz in reference to the Trump administration’s since-ended policy of separating immigrant families at the border.

“That liberal Michael Hayden, that screaming liberal Michael Hayden,” Payne said mockingly.

“You’re out of your cotton-picking mind,” Bossie replied.

“Cotton-picking mind?” 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,” Bossie said.

Bossie later apologized for the comment in a tweet on Sunday night.

In a statement to The Hill on Sunday, a Fox News spokesperson called Bossie's remarks "deeply offensive and wholly inappropriate."

"David Bossie’s comments today were deeply offensive and wholly inappropriate," the statement said. "His remarks do not reflect the sentiments of FOX News and we do not in any way condone them."