Romney accepts MSNBC apology
By KATIE GLUECK |
1/5/14 9:21 AM EST
Mitt Romney said on Sunday he's forgiven MSNBC after a host and other panelists on the network made comments about his adopted black grandchild.
Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," the former Republican presidential candidate said he accepted the apology of MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, who a day earlier offered an emotional on-air walk-back.
"I think people recognize, and the folks at MSNBC who have apologized recognize, people like me are fair targets: If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming," he said. "For children, that's beyond the line. I think they understand that and feel that as well. I think it's a heartfelt apology, and I think for that reason we hold no ill will whatsoever."
Last week, Harris-Perry and several panelists poked fun at the grandson, with one, actress Pia Glenn, singing, "one of these things is not like the other." The incident sparked outrage online, and Harris-Perry apologized both on Twitter and in a Saturday segment.
"We love this little guy a great deal, he was an answer to prayers, we love that he's part of our family," Romney said. He added, "That being said, I recognize people make mistakes. The folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They apologized for it. That's all we can ask for. I'm going to move on from that. I'm sure they want to move on for that."