Oliver Stone calls George W. Bush 'stupid'

VIDEO: Director invokes images of KKK during interview

You just knew that Oliver Stone's publicity tour for "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" would get politically controversial every now and again.

On the "The Joy Behar Show" he didn't disappoint, invoking images of the Ku Klux Klan while discussing modern-day conservatives and joking (we think) that liberal states New York and California should secede from the union. (Check out video of the interview at the end of this article.)

Stone called President George W. Bush "stupid," former vp Dick Cheney "a very dangerous man" and maligned Sarah Palin voters as people who don't "think at all."

Then he said Palin and Cheney promote an "aspect of fear" that he likened to 100,000 KKK members dressed in white sheets marching in the nation's capital nine decades ago.

"That's why the 'Birth of a Nation' was such a popular film," he said, also working in a plug for his miniseries, "The Untold History of the United States," which he has said will be on Showtime next year.

Stone made the remarks during Behar's show Tuesday and HLN released the video Thursday.

Before getting around to discussing Stone's sequel to "Wall Street" that opens Friday, Behar took a moment to defend President Obama from Velma Hart, the citizen who famously challenged the president at a CNBC townhall recently.

"I say she's a plant. What do you say?" Behar said.

"I did a movie about Nixon," Stone said. "He went and did a townhall meeting. He got killed, because it was all supposed to be controlled."