Fox News Confronts MSNBC Host Who Associates ‘Hard Worker’ With Racism
Known for her outlandish theatrics, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry attempted to relate the term “hard worker” to racism and slavery.
Alfonso Aguilar: If there’s somebody who is a hard worker when he goes to Washington, it’s Paul Ryan.
Harris Perry: I don’t disagree with you that I actually think Mr. Ryan is a great choice for this role. But I want us to be super careful when we use the language “hard worker.” Because, I mean, I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall because it is a reminder about what hard work looks like.
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren addressed Harris-Perry’s ridiculous remarks.
Susteren: I hardly know what to say. Is she suggesting that the description, “hard worker,” may be racist? If she is, that’s really out there. That incidentally, where I grew up, it’s not a slur, it’s a compliment.
Glenn Beck: I’m sorry, but I think you have some sort of a problem, a deep-seated problem somewhere, where you’re putting a picture of slaves on your wall to remind you that that’s hard work. That should remind you of slavery! Of something really, really bad. That’s not hard work, that’s slavery!
Kelly: You’ve raised an interesting point. This is the same woman who, you know, wore two, you know [tampons], as earrings. I don’t know…she’s gone to some weird places.
Harris-Perry also tried to blame the Republican Party.
Harris-Perry: The moms who don’t have healthcare, who are working…I mean…
Aguilar: I understand that.
Harris-Perry: But we don’t call them hard workers, we call them failures, we call them people who are sucking off the system.
Aguilar: No, no, no, no.
Harris-Perry: No, no, y’all really do! That is really what you guys do as a party.
Aguilar: That is very unfair.