The folks at MSNBC made a big mistake, and they’ve apologized for it, and that’s all you can ask for. I’m going to move on from that; I’m sure they want to move on from it. Look, I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself, and they’ve apologized for this, and I think we can go on from there. —Mitt Romney
Both Mitt Romney and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry responded to the TV segment that took place last week discussing Romney's adopted African-American grandchild.
During the segment, Harris-Perry, along with guests, drew attention to Kieran James, Romney's adopted African-American grandchild. Since then, many have criticized the remarks made, and Harris-Perry late made apologies on Twitter.
But during her Saturday show, Harris-Perry made a more official apology that ended emotionally.
"My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off limits, and for that I am sorry," Harris-Perry said on her show. "Also, allow me to apologize to other families formed through trans-racial adoption because I am deeply sorry that we suggested that interracial families are in any way funny or deserving of ridicule."
Harris-Perry also expressed gratitude for her critics.
"I am genuinely appreciative of everyone who offered serious criticisms of last week's program," Harris-Perry said. "And I am reminded that our fiercest critics can sometimes be our best teachers."
Following Harris-Perry's apology, Romney appeared on Fox News to discuss his reaction.
"I think people recognize, and the folks at NBC who have apologized recognize, that people like me are fair targets. If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming — but children, that's beyond the line," Romney said on Fox News.
"The folks at MSNBC made a big mistake, and they’ve apologized for it, and that’s all you can ask for. I’m going to move on from that; I’m sure they want to move on from it. Look, I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself, and they’ve apologized for this, and I think we can go on from there."
While Harris-Perry's apology has resonated and been accepted by many, political reporter Glenn Beck recently responded to the apology, saying it was unnecessary.
During his talk show, Beck read a letter that he had written to his public relations office, explaining his stance.
"I don't agree with anything Melissa Harris-Perry has to say, Josh, but she has been on the wrong side of so many issues I have lost count. But whatever people are doing and saying to her now over this Romney thing is wrong," Beck read on his show.
Beck continued to explain that when he saw the apology for what she said about Romney, he said, "I thought I was going to lose my mind."
"She apologizes for what? It was a break with comedians. Yes, it wasn't nice. Yes, it was hurtful and divisive, if that was the intent, but it clearly was not,” Beck said.
Ultimately, Beck expressed sympathy for Harris-Perry, stating, "I've been there."