2012 GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has finally spoken about the incident where a family photograph of him and his wife beside all of their grandchildren was ridiculed on the MSNBC political commentary show hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry. The former governor of Massachusetts publicly accepted Harris-Perry’s apology.
“I think it’s a heartfelt apology, and I think for that reason we hold no ill will whatsoever,” the former Republican presidential candidate said on Fox News Sunday.
“I think people recognize, and the folks at MSNBC who have apologized recognize, people like me are fair targets: If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming,” he said. ”For children, that’s beyond the line. I think they understand that and feel that as well.”
While he did state that public figures are being fair game as targets for criticism, he affirmed that extending that to children is clearly not acceptable. However, he said that he accepted Harris-Perry’s apology and has moved on. Romney said that there really isn’t more that can be asked for than to have the host acknowledge the poor decision and sincerely ask for forgiveness.
The incident he is referring to is one where the guest panel was asked to caption a photograph of political figures from 2013. The Romney grandchildren photograph was displayed which included Romney’s African-American grandchild by adoption. One of the panel members, Pia Glenn, then sang a melody from Sesame Street about one of the objects in the picture not matching the others (the African-American child). Another panel member then quipped that the picture was demonstrative of GOP inclusiveness. A backlash ensued with the days that followed culminating in Harris-Perry’s apology.
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