CNN news anchor Carol Costello abruptly ended an interview with the American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, after he was accused of making “hate speech”.

During a discussion about Mix It Up Day, an anti-bullying initiative for US schools, Fischer attacked the idea and said:

“It is a thinly-veiled attempt to push the normalisation of homosexual behavior in public schools and to eventually punish students who express a Judeo-Christian view of homosexuality”.

Costello’s interview with Fischer lasted for around five minutes, before she decided that his outspoken language was too much to bare.

She read out a 2010 quote in which Fischer alleged that Hitler recruited gay men as Nazi Stormtroopers to carry out “savage” acts.

Fischer then argued that homosexuality had “known health risks” – at which point the interview was terminated.