Mitt Romney accepts MSNBC host's apology after black grandson joke
January’s first few weeks are the perfect time to let go of past slights and look forward to a bright new beginning. See, for example, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who said on the latest edition of Fox News Sunday that he had accepted an apology from Melissa Harris-Perry — the MSNBC host who poked fun at Romney’s adopted grandchild Kieran, who happens to be black.
Harris-Perry, who hosts an eponymous weekend news and opinion show on the liberal-leaning network, made the off-color joke last year — that is, a little over a week ago, on Dec. 29. During a segment titled “What’s So Funny About 2013,” Harris-Perry featured the Romney family’s Christmas card — which pictures the clan’s patriarch holding both Kieran and another grandchild.
“One of these things is not like the others!” guest panelist Pia Glenn sang, to the tune of the classic Sesame Street song, as the photo flashed onscreen. “My goal is that in 2040, the biggest thing of the year will the the wedding between Kieran Romney and North West,” Harris-Perry added. Another panelist, comedian Dean Obeidallah, joked that the picture really “sums up the diversity of the Republican party.”
Harris-Perry gave a tearful apology for the segment Saturday, saying on air, “Whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive and showing the photo in that context of that segment was poor judgment. So without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family.”
And on Fox News Sunday, Romney himself told Chris Wallace that he’s prepared to let the remarks be water under the bridge. “I recognize that people make mistakes and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake and they’ve apologized for it and that’s all you can ask for,” he said. “I’m going to move on from that, I’m sure they want to move on from that. Look, I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself and they’ve apologized for this and, you know, I think we can go on from there.”
Good, great, everybody’s happy! Well, except for Alec Baldwin…
(Baldwin’s original tweet mocking Harris-Perry has since been deleted. Even in a new year, some things never change.)