Conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Monday defended MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry after she was criticized for a segment poking fun at a Romney family photo including Mitt Romney’s adopted African-American grandson, Kieran.
“If this is her big screw up, she’s way ahead of me as a human being,” Beck said on his radio show. “She needs to know that there are people who do not hate her, and do have reason.”
Beck said it was clear that Perry didn’t mean to hurt the Romney family, so she didn’t need to apologize.
“She apologizes — for what? It was a break with comedians. Yes, it wasn’t nice. Yes, it was hurtful and divisive if that was the intent, but it clearly was not,” he said. “There are many dishonest, arrogant, and destructive people on MSNBC, but I really don’t think that this, by any means, was an example of a person like that.”
He said that Harris-Perry is not a bad person and didn’t say anything bad on air.
“I don’t know Melissa Harris-Perry, but I don’t believe that she’s a bad person. I disagree with her on everything, but I don’t believe — I’ve never gotten the impression that she’s a bad human being,” he said. “And I don’t think that she said anything bad.”
Beck added that those who criticized Perry are worse than the MSNBC host herself.
“I fear this time, our side sees blood in the water and is going after her and MSNBC,” he said. “It’s more than wrong than anything she said here, especially since their intent is to hurt and destroy, and hers was not.”