Just days after rumors began circulating that President Donald Trump used the “N-word” on a recording of NBC reality TV show The Apprentice, the Justice Department has appointed “Papa” John Schnatter as special counsel to investigate whether or not the tape exists.
“I believe that Papa John is eminently qualified to conduct this investigation, and that he will resolve it quickly and professionally,” said U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who appointed Schnatter. “American leaders need to understand that you can’t just say [N-word] in public and get away with it.”
Schnatter was forced to resign as Papa John’s CEO in June after it came to light that he used the N-word on a conference call, an incident which he says was taken out of context.
“I was just trying to tell everyone that I don’t really like black olives. There’s nothing racist about preferring lighter-skinned olives,” said Schnatter. “It’s not like I go around calling people [N-word]s.”
Trump holds that he has never used the racist slur. On Monday he tweeted that he doesn’t even have that word in his vocabulary.
“Papa John and his liberal media three-topping specials won’t find any tape because it doesn’t exist,” said Trump. “These [N-word]s are crazy.”