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MSNBC commentator Touré drew criticism for using the "n-word" on Thursday while reacting to a speech Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently made. Touré has since apologized for his comments.
During Thursday’s episode of The Cycle, Touré talked about recent comments that Romney made and suggested that they were racially charged.
While attacking President Obama’s campaign tactics, Romney said, “This is what an angry and desperate presidency looks like...Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago.”
“That really bothered me,” Touré said, The Huffington Post reports. “You notice he says 'anger' twice. He's really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama. The otherization, he's not like us. I know it's a heavy thing to say. I don't say it lightly. But this is ni--erization. You are not one of us, and that you are like the scary black man who we've been trained to fear.”
The comments drew immediate criticism from the other commentators on the show. “That is so irresponsible, Touré!” conservative S.E. Cupp said.
A Romney spokesperson told Breitbart, “We are discussing this matter with network executives at MSNBC.”
On Friday, Touré made a point to apologize at the beginning of his show. “On yesterday's show in discussion about the presidential race, I used a word to make a point. In retrospect, I muddied the discussion by using the 'N-word,’” he said. “I could've made my point without that word. I shouldn't have used it, and for that I'm sorry.”
Politico notes that MSNBC itself has not commented on the incident.
Here is Touré’s apology.