A right-wing candidate for governor in Louisiana said the “n-word” on a local radio show on Wednesday.
Gary Landrieu, a cousin of former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, is running as an independent candidate for governor of Louisiana and has largely built his campaign around a right-wing platform of targeting undocumented immigrants in the state in order to force them to “go back to where they’re from” and of ensuring that Confederate statues in the state are protected. In 2012, Landrieu made headlines when he was arrested after police said he dragged a woman he was in a relationship with by her ponytail from his car.
On Wednesday’s broadcast of “The Right Chicks” on New Orleans’ WGSO 990, Landrieu was the subject of an apparent prank call in which the caller blasted Landrieu as “a piece of shit.” The hosts and Landrieu reacted to the caller by taunting and chiding him for swearing on the radio.
“You know what growing up in a family of 10 means? You can’t hurt my feelings because I don’t have any,” Landrieu said. “You’re entitled to your opinion. That’s what makes America great. You’re free to do what you want, and say what you want, and think what you want, but you know what? I’m free to do and say what I want to do, too. You do that to my face, you’re going to get slapped in the mouth.”
“Let me tell you, when I was a kid we learned about protecting ourselves and defending ourselves because we were called a lot of ugly names as children,” Landrieu said. “As an eight-year-old, they called me, ‘Oh, there’s the [n-word] lovers right there.”
The show hosts chided Landrieu for swearing on air.
“Hey! You can’t curse!” co-host Michelle Hirstius said.
Landrieu has run and lost multiple attempts for elected office.