As we reported Monday, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry convened a panel that mocked the adopted black grandchild of Mitt Romney. The episode drew fire from conservatives and liberals alike forcing Harris-Perry and others to issue apologies. But CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill told Don Lemon that while mocking children is not acceptable, it was okay to use the baby to mock Mitt Romney, the Daily Caller reported Monday.
"There is absolutely a line you shouldn’t cross. The line I think is you don’t make fun of people’s kids, you don’t make fun of people who are adopted, you don’t mock the vulnerable. They didn’t do any of those things," Hill contended.
That's when Lemon stepped up to defend the child.
“But Marc, they used the kid to mock Mitt Romney,” he said.
"We use everything to mock Mitt Romney," Hill said in response. "Mocking Mitt Romney is a sport. And everyone mocks Mitt Romney across the aisle, I don’t see anything wrong with that. They also joked about the lack of diversity in the Republican Party. They’re absolutely right about that."
"We are making much ado about nothing,” he added.
Lemon continued to press Hill.
“What if this was on Fox? What if this same segment was on Fox? If someone on Fox saying one of these things is not like the other to a black baby and a white family,” he said.
Contributor Ana Navarro, who had earlier wondered if there was a threshold for MSNBC going too far, remarked that Jesse Jackson would be protesting by now.
"Everyone mocks Mitt Romney across the aisle," Hill said. "The point is, they weren’t making fun of the kid, they were making fun of the Republican Party and maybe even Mitt Romney.”
Hill continued to defend his position on Twitter.
"Still, it's totally reasonable to tease Romney and question his motives. He's a public figure. That's not the same as mocking a kid," he tweeted.
But a minute earlier, Hill said Romney had no ulterior motives.
"Also, I honestly don't think Romney has any ulterior motives on this. I think he's just being a proud loving grandfather," he tweeted.
Twitter users skewered his arguments and exposed his twisted logic, Twitchy reported.
"Previous comment he has no motives, yet this one says it 'reasonable' to question his motives," one person tweeted, demanding Hill make up his mind.
"So it’s OK to tease a child about their family’s ethnicity if the grandfather is a public figure," Dana Loesch tweeted.
Navarro made her point clear in an email sent to an unidentified person on the MSNBC panel, the Daily Caller said: Make all the jokes you want, but don’t use a black baby to do it.
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