MSNBC’s Martin Bashir is known for sometimes launching into anti-Republican tirades. However, there’s a stark difference between poking at conservative policy standpoints and launching personal attacks. As for the latter tactic, Bashir is regularly more than willing to stretch his criticisms beyond the bounds of a an individual’s ideology.
Case in point: On Wednesday, he sarcastically apologized to young viewers who “may have been frightened by” commentator Charles Krauthammer’s face. The personal attack on the FOX News contributor was uttered during a segment in which Bashir was talking about the 2012 election with GQ Magazine’s Ana Marie Cox. After playing a clip of Krauthammer expressing optimism about the future of the GOP, the MSNBC host issued his offensive quip.
“I think the real story here is that Obama won, but he’s got no mandate here,” Krauthammer explained in the video. ”I think that the future of the party is quite bright.”
Rather than commencing his critique by speaking about Krauthammer’s claim that the party’s future looks bright, Bashir immediately said, “Now I need to apologize to any young viewers who may have been frightened by that face.”
Then, naturally, he and Cox went on to deride the Republican Party, using race as a benchmark for their claims. Watch the clip, below (around 4:20):