In another classic Ann Coulter moment, the conservative talking head on Jan. 6 insinuated that MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry was a “token” Black addition to the cable news network.
Coulter was on Fox News’ “Hannity” show to discuss Harris-Perry’s apology for comments made about Mitt Romney’s Black grandchild on her MSNBC show.
The MSNBC host offered what many felt was a genuine apology to the Romney family and to other “transracial” families that may have been offended by the ill-conceived.
In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Romney, a former Republican presidential candidate and Massachusetts governor, said he and his family accepted her “heartfelt” apology.
Even conservative media host Glenn Beck defended Harris-Perry, saying not only was her apology unnecessary but that he didn’t think “she’s a bad human being.”
“Yes, it wasn’t nice. Yes, it was hurtful and divisive, if that was the intent, but it clearly was not,” Beck said of Harris-Perry’s comments, which came during a break with comedians.
But Coulter and Sean Hannity seemed less willing to accept her mea culpa at face value, suggesting it was Harris-Perry’s attempt to save her job.
Hannity called Harris-Perry a “liberal loudmouth” and mocked her “weepy, weepy” apology as a “heartfelt ‘I do want to continue working.’”
Coulter—as usual—took it further, saying Harris-Perry was a “token,” which is usually someone included as a perfunctory gesture toward inclusion.
“It’s particularly good having Melissa Harris-Perry of all people making fun of a Black child in the Romney family as a token,” Coulter told Hannity. “What does she think she is at MSNBC?”
Even Hannity, clearly not a Harris-Perry fan, took exception to Coulter’s comment.
“Why would you say that? There are plenty of African Americans, Black Americans there [MSNBC],” he said, citing the Rev. Al Sharpton as one example.
Coulter has made a career out of making offensive comments. In January 2013 she asserted that minorities were at the root of the nation’s gun violence problem, and in October 2012, after President Obama emerged as the winner of the presidential debates with Mitt Romney, she called the president a “retard.”
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