Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) on Sunday accepted MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry’s apology after she used a segment to mock his family for their adopted black grandson.
“Let me first note Chris, we love this little guy a great deal,” Romney said. “He was an answer to prayer, and we love that he is a part of our family. He is a part of our family.”
“That being said, I recognize that people make mistakes and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake,” he continued. “They’ve apologized for it. That’s all can you ask for.”
Late last month, an MSNBC panel used a family photo featuring Kieran Romney to illustrate the Republican Party’s supposed “diversity” problems. Harris-Perry apologized later on Twitter and has since issued an on-air apology.
Now, the former Massachusetts governor said he would like to move on from the controversy.
“Look, I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself,” Romney said. “They’ve apologized for this. You know, I think we can go on from there.”
“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace attempted to press him further, but Romney held firm and again noted that Harris-Perry has apologized.
“Well, you know, I think people recognize and the folks at MSNBC have apologized — recognize people like me are fair targets,” he said. “If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming. But children, you know, that’s beyond the line and I think they understand that and feel that as well. I think it’s a heartfelt apology. I think for that reason, we hold no ill will whatsoever.”
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