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Melissa Harris-Perry: Mitt Romney Accepts Her Apology After Family Diss

Mon, January 6, 2014 1:49pm EDT by Emily Longeretta 4 Comments

Mitt Romney has taken the high road and accepted Melissa Harris-Perry’s apology after she made a few nasty jokes about his family photo.

After saying that Mitt Romney‘s African American grandchild should marry North West, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry took to Twitter to apologize for her out of line comments on Dec. 31. Now, he has spoken out about the situation, and accepted her nice apology.

Mitt Romney Accepts Melissa Harris-Perry’s Apology

On Jan. 5, Mitt sat down for Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, where he was asked about how he felt of Melissa’s segment on her MSNBC show.

“Well first let me just note, we love this little guy a great deal!” he said of his grandson Kieran Romney. “He was an answer to prayer and we love that he’s part of our family. He is part of our family. That being said, 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. I’m going to move on from that. I’m sure they want to move on from it. Look, I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself.”

While Chris continued to press for a reaction from Mitt and even asked how his wife Ann Romney felt, he kept it positive and short.

“You know I think people recognize — the folks at MSNBC who’ve apologized recognize — that people like me are fair targets,” he said. “If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming. But children, that’s beyond the line, and I think they understand that and feel that as well. I think it’s a heartfelt apology and for that reason we hold no ill-will whatsoever.”

Melissa Apologizes Again For Offending ‘Interracial Families’

This follows Melissa’s show on Dec. 29, where she was joined by guests Pia Glenn and Dean Obeidalla. After showing the family photo Mitt tweeted out, Pia sang “one of these things is not like the other.”

Then Dean added, “I think this picture is great. It really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person.”

After many apologies on Twitter, Melissa also approached the issue on her show on Jan. 4, and appeared to get choked up.

“I broke the ground rule that families are off limits, and for that I am sorry,” she said. “Also, allow me to apologize to other families that are formed through transracial adoption. bc I am  deeply sorry that we suggested that interracial families are in anyway funny or deserving of ridicule.”

Oh, and as for her comments on Kanye West and Mitt hanging out and bonding over their families, Mitt laughed and said he hadn’t heard that but had no comment.

It’s great he’s being such a good spirit. Do you think Mitt should have accepted her apology so easily? Let us know.

— Emily Longeretta

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