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.”
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.