During Tuesday’s episode of CNN Newsroom, guest Charles Kaiser used the N-word while mistakenly quoting Donald Trump‘s controversial choice for chief White House strategist Steven Bannon.


Kaiser was expressing his disapproval of the president-elect’s choice and was allegedly quoting Bannon when he used the N-word. The show’s host Brooke Baldwin was visibly shocked, as was other guest Paris Dennard.

“If you don’t want to support the alt-right, don’t as a White House counselor a man who uses the word n—-r,” argued Kaiser while going through a list of things Bannon has reportedly done.

“Charles, can I just, hang on a second,” Baldwin sputtered at first, trying to find the right words. “I appreciate you going through all of this, but please don’t use the N-word on my show.”


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“I’m sorry, well I never use the N-word,” said Kaiser, “except when I’m quoting someone who’s been appointed by the President to serve in the Oval Office since this is such a disgusting moment in our history.”

The two guests argued for a time before Baldwin called off the discussion. “Alright gentlemen, we’re done, we’re done,” she said, exhausted. “I appreciate both your voices, the more I’ve sat here and listened to the fact that somebody used the N-word on this show,” she sighed. “It is not ok. It is not ok, Charles Kaiser, I respect you, I enjoy having you on as a guest, but uh, not ok.”

“By the way,” she followed up. “The claim that Mr. Bannon used the N-word, I’ve never heard of this, so there’s that. Take a break.”

Kaiser has since issued an apology to CNN. “In the heat of the moment, I said the word n—-r on CNN. What’s worse, I think, is that I attributed its use to Bannon, rather than Sessions, which was a mistake,” he said, referring to Trump’s choice for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama. “I apologize to all those who were offended by my use of the word. But there is also a part of me that believes that you cannot convey the true horror of these early Trump appointments without using the actual words attributed to them.”

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