Last night, the Blaze reported that Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson appeared on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to deliver his assessment of the way Rick Santorum and his wife mourned their stillborn child. He called the response to the death “very weird.”
This morning, following his controversial comments, Robinson was confronted by "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough. While Mediaite dubbed the conversation "a remarkably heated back-and-forth" dialogue, it's perhaps more accurately described as a cordial, yet confrontational, explanation-seeking interview.
Here's how Scarborough launched into the discussion:
“Do you think you may have gone overboard a little bit in your criticisms of Santorum? We haven’t talked about it. I’m not setting you up for anything. I was taken aback by what you said. My wife likes you very much, couldn’t believe you said it.”
During his discussion with the MSNBC host, Robinson seemed somewhat apologetic for the way in which he discussed Santorum's handling of the death.
“I certainly didn’t mean to offend anybody, especially Mr. Santorum,” he told Scarborough. “But it was in a discussion of his views, and, you know, which I consider extreme, and Santorum himself who is a cultural — culture warrior extraordinaire, whose faith — and we all appreciate someone of deep faith — but it is — it is extremely deep, and it’s a kind of faith that some people, I think, are going be… if not surprised by… at least want to know more about.”
When asked if he wished he hadn't said it, Roninson responded, "I wish I hadn’t said it that way, Joe."
Watch the dialogue, below: