On Fox News Sunday this week, host Chris Wallace brought up the negative comments made on Harris-Perry’s show last week regarding the Romney family Christmas card. The card, which was tweeted by the family, featured all of the Romney grandchildren and included his adopted African-American grandson, Kieran.
When asked about the panel’s jokes and comments, Romney responded graciously.
“I recognize that people make mistakes and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake,” he told Wallace. “They’ve apologized for it. That’s all can you ask for.”
Romney then said he was moving on from the incident, but Wallace pressed for more of a response, especially regarding how Ann Romney had taken the MSNBC insult. Romney calmly let Wallace down once again and declined to comment any further. It seemed as though the former governor truly had forgiven MSNBC and wanted to put the event behind him.
The disparaging remarks were made by a panel as part of a yearly review of 2013. But after widespread outrage over the comments, Harris-Perry apologized for the discourse in a tearful response on Saturday.
“Adults who enter into public life, implicitly consent to having less privacy,” she said. “But their families, especially their children, should not be treated callously or thoughtlessly. My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground-rule that families are off-limits. For that, I am sorry.”
Upon seeing the family picture, panelist Pia Glenn had remarked, “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same.”
Comedian Dean Obeidallah added, “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.”