Author and former New York Times reporter Charles Kaiser appeared on CNN to discuss President-elect Trump’s disavowal of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank, meeting over the weekend, in which members of the crowd used the Nazi salute after their leader Richard Spencer declared “Hail Trump! Hail our people!”
Brooke Baldwin, the host of the show, asked Kaiser if he accepted Trump’s statement, to which Kaiser responded with a laundry list of racist and anti-Semitic incidents Kaiser attributed to Trump and his incoming Chief White House Counsel Steven Bannon. In his reply, Kaiser said that Bannon uses the N-word and says he doesn’t want his daughters going to school with Jews.
Baldwin let Kaiser carry on for a few more seconds before interrupting him, saying: "Please don't use the N-word on my show." Kaiser appeared alongside Trump supporter and commentator Paris Dennard, to whom he said, “I think it is shameful any Afircan-American would support this man to be Attorney General,” discussing Trump’s nomination of Jeff Session. That exchange quickly prompted Baldwin to end the segment saying, "Alright, gentlemen. We're done. We're done. I appreciate both of your voices.”
"The more I've sat here and listened to the fact that somebody used the N-word on the show It is not OK! "
In tears, Baldwin, continued: "It is not OK. Charles Kaiser, I respect you. I enjoy having you on as a guest but not OK. By the way, the claim that Mr. Bannon used the N-word - I've never heard of this. So there's that. Take a break."
Kaiser later apologized for misattributing the racial slur to Bannon, after it was proved he could not cite a source for that accusation.
Watch the full exchange here:
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