Glenn Beck Defends MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry: ‘I Don't Think She Said Anything Bad’

The BlazeTV founder and former Fox News host thinks outrage over Harris-Perry's comments about Mitt Romney's black grandchild is the type of divisive conversation that will only lead to “the worst kind of political destruction”

Melissa Harris-Perry has already given a tear-filled apology for joking about Mitt Romney's black grandchild on her MSNBC program in December, but conservative radio host Glenn Beck doesn't know why because he doesn't think she “said anything bad.”

“When I got home and I saw the apology for what she said about Romney, I thought I was going to lose my mind. She apologizes for what?” Beck said on his radio program on Monday. “It was a break with comedians. Yes, it wasn't nice. Yes, it was hurtful and divisive if that was the intent, but it clearly was not.”

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Beck, a former Fox News host and prolific conservative commentator, was reading a letter he had written her with his thoughts on the comments made during the “What's So Funny About 2013” segment on the “Melissa Harris-Perry Show.”

While Beck admitted he “vehemently” disagrees with Harris-Perry on just about everything, he introduced his letter by saying, ”I don't think she's a bad person, and I don't think she said anything bad, either.”

The panelists did most of the talking when commenting on a picture of Romney with his numerous grandchildren, including Kieran, the African American baby Ben Romney adopted in September. For her part, Harris-Perry joked that she would like the biggest story of 2040 to be Kieran Romney marrying Kanye West and Kim Kardashian‘s baby daughter, North West.

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“Can you imagine Mitt Romney and Kanye West as in-laws?” Harris-Perry said to other panelists.

When apologizing on the air on Saturday, after already apologizing over Twitter, Harris-Perry said, “I am deeply sorry that we suggested that interracial families are in any way funny, or deserving of ridicule.”

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Although Beck felt the apology was unnecessary, he recognized it “as real,” and then presented a larger problem that the uproar over the segment may cause.

“I truly believe that our side now is refusing to see her for who she is, and we're engaging now in the worst kind of political destruction,” Beck said. “Both sides do it. Both sides will, in the end — if they continue — be the cause of the death of the once great and united people.

  • Dani

    holy crap Glenn Beck said something I agree with??? Never thought I'd see the day. Given that most of the US is under a deep freeze I think hell has really froze over. Are pigs flying too?

  • Fadguru

    Both sides of the isle need to just lighten up. This type of thing is maddening. It is kind of funny, though to watch people who, due to the P.C.police, are forced to apologize even though they don't really want to. Apologies are a dime a dozen these days! But…keep that apology train going. It makes for great television.

  • Roger Matthews

    I agree, what she said was pretty harmless. With that being said, Melissa Harris Perry is the type that screams racism and sexism when it's the other side of the aisle. So it's good to for her to experience the wrath, when she says something that's not entirely politically correct.

    • Mike Baker

      Agree one who spews hate, sometimes must swallow.

  • tyshunn cannon

    what up with all these raciest clebs

  • van

    how come one quotes the bible on homosexuality and hes a complete racist and now this women uses a black child to make fun of a political figure. whos the bigger racist?

    • Mike Baker

      Actually Jesus never said anything about gays, it is now believed that Paul was gay. I don't recall when all this racist crap came into vogue. Africans are killing Africans, Muslims kill Muslims. Racism is only not about color. It is all about intolerance. Unfortunately we see in all forms of life, but as the most intelligent species on the planet, I would think we could just stop it.

  • Sheila Orr

    I usually agree with what he says, but I disagree on this point. NO one has the right to make comments about children, period. It was uncalled for, the picture was sought out and shown and ridiculed. She needed to apologize and maybe now she has a insight into what it is and feels like to be the assault victim.

    • Michelle Kirkwood

      Make comments about children? What the hell! She made a damn joke,for goodness’ sake! She wasn't trying to be malicious or anything! And, yeah, I thought hell would freeze over before I actually agreed with crazy-a** Glenn Beck on ANYTHING, but he's right—it really wasn't that big of a deal!

  • williered

    Who cares what Glenn Beck thinks about anything when he will take any position on any issue strictly for publicity? He is known as Sarah Palin in his “alternate lifestyle.”

  • lynn2929

    The only people that see anything raciest in what she said is the raciest one. I myself would think it would be funny to even see West and Romney in the same house let alone in the same family and there is no raciest intent or bad remarks meant toward the child at all but West is a raciest pig. If anything her comments were meant more toward the adults. A child only knows what they are taught growing up by their parents so if you parents don't instill good in you color sure as hell isn't going to do it either

    • Mike Baker

      I would not west in my town let alone my house. I offered to give him my address so I personally beat his face in.

  • Silence

    Show that clip to the baby when he's 18 and ask him if he thought that segment was ‘funny’ or that he deserved to be singled out. Oh, wait, he'll probably be a right-winger and respond with class and generosity like his Grandpa.

  • Mike Baker

    Glenn beck needs mental health services. If it wasn't so bad then why was there such an outrage and an apology. Beck, go crawl back into you bunker. She screwed up by mocking a family photo for fun. I want necks family photo on TV and let's make fun of his family. Remember family are just innocent by standers.
    Please stop listening to anything beck say. He goes from railing on someone to the sticking up for them. Definitely some kind of mental illness.

  • Lisa

    BLACK MEN HAVE A LOT OF SELF HATE which is why they date/marry outside their race at a higher rate of 3-4 times of that of other races. NBA/NFL black players date outside their race 40%, why don't white players have numbers that high. Either the white players are hateful towards other races, wich we all know is not the case. BLACK MEN HATE THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN AND date/marry lighter skin women thininking they will look better in the white community and have lighter skin children. COLORISM is being discussed on black discussion forums like Ebony, Essence, Oprah, Jet, etc. Look it up if yourself, if you don't believe me. TRUSH HURTS.