Just Days After His Presidential Commutation, Roger Stone Used a Racial Slur On Live Radio

Gabrielle Bruney
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From Esquire

Just days after receiving a presidential commutation that found him avoiding a 40-month prison sentence, Roger Stone is back in the news—this time for calling a Black radio host a racial slur during an interview.

According to The New York Times, Stone was appearing on The Mo'Kelly Show, which is hosted by Los Angeles-based commentator Morris Kelly. During the interview, the longtime political consultant and lobbyist argued that his prison sentence on charges of lying to Congress and witness tampering was commuted because he had been unfairly prosecuted.

"I do believe that certain people are treated differently in the federal justice system," Kelly countered, "but I also believe that your friendship, and relationship, and personal history with Donald Trump weighed more heavily than him just wanting to make sure that justice is done...There are thousands of people treated unfairly daily, how your number just happened to come up in the lottery, I'm guessing it was more than just luck, Roger, right?"

Stone then seemed to speak under his breath, though the words "arguing with this Negro" were audible. When Kelly asked him to repeat himself, Stone denied using the term.

"It’s the diet version of the n-word, but as an African-American man, it’s something I deal with pretty frequently," Kelly told The Times. "If there’s a takeaway from the conversation, it is that Roger Stone gave an unvarnished look into what is in the heart of many Americans today."

Stone has a history of using the slur. Media Matters for America reported that he was banned from CNN for offensive (and now-deleted) tweets, which include calling commentator Roland Martin a "stupid Negro," and making sexist and homophobic remarks about women in media including Times columnist Gail Collins and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

It's also not the first time that that Trump has given a convict with a history of racism a pardon or commutation. In 2017, he pardoned former sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found to be in contempt of court for refusing to comply with a court order demanding that he cease profiling Latinos.

Nor is it exactly a shocker to hear a denizen of Trump world deploy a racial slur. Trump himself has long been accused of using slurs in private, most recently by his niece. The president has denied using slurs, but Mary Trump said this week that she's heard her uncle use anti-Semitic slurs and the n-word, and described him as being "virulently racist" in a recent MSNBC interview.

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