RNC Boycotting MSNBC Over Biracial Cheerios Tweet

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says he won’t allow party officials to appear on the air

MSNBC is about to feature even fewer conservatives: Republican National Committee chair says he is forbidding RNC officials from appearing on the network because of a tweet that suggested “rightwingers” don’t like biracial families.

“This morning I left a message with MSNBC President Phil Griffin to express my displeasure,” wrote RNC chair Reince Preibus. “I have sent him a letter demanding that he personally, as president of the network, take responsibility and apologize for the disgusting tweet. Until he takes internal corrective action and personally apologizes–not just to the RNC but to all right-of-center Americans–I’m banning all RNC staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC.”

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On Wednesday, the @msnbc Twitter account praised a new Cheerio’s commercial featuring a biracial family: “Maybe the righwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww,” the tweet said.

The account deleted the tweet and repeatedly apologized after conservatives voices their outrage at being accused of racism. Many conservatives posted photos of their multiracial families.

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The RNC said the tweet was part of a pattern of inappropriate statements from MSNBC hosts. The network parted ways with Alec Baldwin soon after he yelled homophobic remarks at a photographer, and with Martin Bashir after he said Sarah Palin should be subjected to some of the treatment that American slaves suffered.