Over the weekend, a curious theory was advanced about whites and abortion on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry Show.” While discussing demographics and electoral politics during Saturday’s episode, CBS’s Nancy Giles offered up some bizarre words — statements she’s now claiming were said in a joking manner.

After host Harris-Perry showed a demographics chart and noted that she believes “the news of the demise of the white man is vastly overstated,” Giles offered up her own assessment.

Nancy Giles: Maybe Whites Trying to Eliminate Abortions to Build Up the Race

CBS’s Nancy Giles (Photo Credit: MSNBC)

“It’s been weird to watch white people report on this,” the CBS contributor said. “You know when you just showed that graph of the decline of the numbers, I thought — maybe that’s why they’re trying to eliminate all these abortions and stuff. They’re trying to build up the race.”

Nancy Giles: Maybe Whites Trying to Eliminate Abortions to Build Up the Race

While, in the wake of negative reaction, Giles is claiming that these comments were said in gest, Harris-Perry’s on-air reaction is intriguing. The host responded, ”There’s always eugenics associated with these questions.” As she was speaking, Giles could be heard saying, ”How creepy, right?”

Watch video of the interaction, below:

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