MSNBC Host 'Sorry' for Romney Insult

Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 01:05 PM

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MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry has apologized for openly mocking Mitt Romney's black adopted grandson after she came under fire from a chorus of conservatives.

She made her apology on Twitter.



She quickly followed up with more tweets.





Harris-Perry caused outrage when the Romney family Christmas card was showcased on the MSNBC news show's "2013: The Year in Political Ridiculousness."

The card contained a family photo of the former presidential candidate and his wife Ann sitting in the middle of their 22 grandchildren. Romney was holding one toddler on one knee while on his other was little Kieran James Romney, the adopted son of Mitt's son Ben and his wife Andelyne, says the New York Daily News.

As the photo was flashed up on the screen, actress Pia Glenn started singing, "One of these things is not like the others, and one of these things just isn't the same. That little baby, front and center, would be the one."

The Daily Beast's Dean Obeidallah, who was one of four panel members seated with Harris-Perry, then chimed in, "It really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party and the RNC, where they have the whole convention and they find the one black person."

Harris-Perry then joked that her dream story for 2040 would be a wedding between Kieran Romney and the child of rapper Kanye West and reality star Kim Kardashian. "Can you imagine Kanye West and Mitt Romney as in-laws?" she laughed.

"Holy unbelievable," former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote on her Facebook page about the supposedly comedic exchange. She described the remarks as "despicable."

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus demanded that MSNBC apologize to the Romney family while several conservatives said the segment was racist, The Hill reports.

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