During a much-welcomed respite from railing about race relations in the U.S. after the ruling in the George Zimmerman trial, the civil rights leader offered his congratulations to the royal couple on the birth of their firstborn son – and even offered them a gift of sorts.
“Congratulations to William and Kate on their baby,” the Reverend said near the end of his show. “And I have a little gift for you. Here it is – it’s a ‘PoliticsNation’ onesie for the little prince, and we hope he wears this while he’s watching us.”
Sharpton probably forgot that not only does his show air at 11pm British summer time, but that it doesn’t even air on a Freeview channel across the pond.
He wasn’t done doling out gifts, however. Sharpton then pulled out a blueberry pie “for his parents” that was small enough to fit in the palm of his hand. If Sharpton – or his staff – did his homework, he would have realized that Wills’ favorite dessert is banana flan, while his wife’s is a sticky toffee pudding made at a pub near her family’s home in Bucklebury. Moreover, Sharpton often uses a blueberry pie reference as a slam against Republicans, making the gesture a bit awkward.
Even his liberal colleague Chris Matthews managed to forgo editorializing for the most part while discussing the birth for the entirety of his 5pm eastern show Monday.
Watch Sharpton present the gifts below.
This piece has been updated.