Glenn Beck defended MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry after her comments about Mitt Romney's racially diverse family, and said the criticism that rained down on her from the right is the "worst kind of political destruction."
Harris-Perry, who has offered a tearful and what most termed heartfelt apology for her words, used a photo of Romney’s family with an adopted black grandson to talk about diversity problems in the Republican party, and joked that she’d like to see the little boy grow up and marry Kim Kardashian’s daughter, North West, creating the unlikely in-laws of Romney and Kanye West.
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On his Monday radio show, Beck said he doesn’t think Harris-Perry deserved the excessive criticism she got and he wrote her a letter to say so.
“I don’t know Melissa Harris-Perry, but I don’t believe that she’s a bad person.
I disagree with her on everything,” Beck said on his show. “But… I’ve never gotten the impression that she’s a bad human being… And I don’t think she said anything bad.”
Beck’s website quoted a letter he wrote to his PR person about his feelings about Harris-Perry and what was said, and how over-reactions to things like this are harming everyone. Although he labeled her apology as “real,” Beck said he didn’t think she should have apologized.
“Yes, it wasn’t nice. Yes, it was hurtful and divisive, if that was the intent. But it clearly was not. There are many dishonest, destructive, and arrogant people on MSNBC, but I don’t think this, by any means, was an example of a person like that,” Beck said.
The situation deserves more on focus on how Harris-Perry is being labeled, he added. “I truly believe that our side now is refusing to see her — who she is — and we are engaging now in the worst kind of political destruction. Both sides do it. Both sides will lose in the end if they continue to be the cause of the death of a once great and united people.”
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