David Bossie, the former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump and current outside adviser to the president, has been suspended from his contributor gig at Fox News, three sources familiar with the situation tell The Daily Beast.
The suspension is set to last two weeks.
Appearing Sunday on Fox & Friends Weekend, the Trump surrogate found himself in a heated spat with Democratic strategist Joel Payne, who is black.
“You don’t have to be a golden retriever to hear all the dog whistles coming out of the White House these days and from my friend David here,” Payne said, mid-debate.
Amid the ensuing crosstalk, Bossie fired back with a dog whistle of his own: “You’re out of your cotton-picking mind.”
“I have some relatives who picked cotton,” an infuriated Payne responded, “and I’m not going to sit back and let you attack me on TV like that.”
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SOURCE: ANDREW KIRELL, ASAWIN SUEBSAENG, MAXWELL TANI
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