MSNBC Host Martin Bashir on Monday apologized for comments he made about Sarah Palin.
On Friday, when discussing Palin’s comparison of the national debt to slavery, Bashir described some of the harsh disciplinary tactics used by slave owner Thomas Thistlewood, and then suggested that Palin was a “candidate” for such disciplinary action.
“In 1756, he records that a slave named Darby ‘catched eating kanes had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth,'” Bashir said. “When Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate.”
Bashir then apologized at the beginning of his show Monday, calling his comments “unacceptable.”
“I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin, and to also offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers, and anyone who may have heard what I said,” Bashir said. “I deeply regret what I said and that I have learned a sober lesson in these last few days that the politics of vitriol and destruction is a miserable place to be and a miserable person to become.”
Watch the video of Bashir’s initial comments on Friday via MSNBC:
Watch the video of Bashir’s apology via National Review: