CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin wasn’t having it when contributor and author Charles Kaiser, during a lengthy critique of the president-elect on race, accused former Breitbart head and Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon of using the n-word by saying the word himself on live TV.

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Here was Kaiser’s full statement:

I’m delighted that Mr. Trump has visited my alma mater at The New York Times and said he doesn’t want to do this anymore, but I want to give him a little advice for the future if he does not want to stimulate the alt-right. First thing, he should never retweet someone with the name ‘White Genocide’ who lists his dress as Jew America. that’s what he did in february. he should never ask his supporters again to give the Nazi salute, which he did at a rally in March. That’s not a good idea.

And then of course in July he retweeted an image of his opponent with the six-pointed Jewish star on it. I thought that was a mistake, but we have bigger problems here. also in july, you know, he selected as his vice president the most homophobic man in American public life, a person who believes that gay people actually do not have the right too exist, and then, if you don’t want to support the alt-right, don’t choose as a White House Counselor a man who uses the word n—–, whose wife says that he did not want his daughters to go to a school with too many Jews, and don’t choose as an attorney general a man who calls the NAACP an un-American organization and who we learned in The Guardian today went so far as to prosecute […]

Baldwin interrupted Kaiser and asked him not to use the n-word on her show.

“I’m sorry, I never use the n-word, except when I’m quoting someone [Bannon] who’s been appointed by the president to serve in the Oval Office,” Kaiser replied.

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“Alright, gentlemen. We’re done. We’re done. I appreciate both of your voices,” Baldwin shut down the segment. “The more I’ve sat here and listened to the fact that somebody used the n-word on the show… It is not okay! It is not okay. Charles Kaiser, I respect you. I enjoy having you on as a guest but… not okay.”

Baldwin closed by saying she’d never heard the claim that Bannon had used the n-word previously.

“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,” she said.

You can watch the whole incident above.

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