Mitt Romney on Sunday accepted the apology of MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, who along with a panel of comedians mocked the former GOP presidential candidate over an adopted grandson, who is black.
"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," Romney 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."
The forgiveness comes a day after Harris-Perry, herself a product of a bi-racial marriage, offered a seemingly sincere apology for the outrageous remarks. On her show, she showed a photo of the large Romney clan, with the family patriarch holding his adopted grandson. Guest and actress Pia Glenn sang, "One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just isn’t the same." Harris-Perry guffawed.
The Daily Beast’s Dean Obeidallah said: "I think this picture is great. It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person."
And Harris-Perry chimed in: "And isn’t he the most gorgeous? My goal is that in 2040, the biggest thing of the year will be the wedding between Kieran Romney and North West,” the daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. "Can you imagine Mitt Romney and Kanye West as in-laws?"
But Romney, perhaps still full of the Christmas spirit, let the whole thing slide.
"We love this little guy a great deal, he was an answer to prayers, we love that he's part of our family," he said, adding: "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."