In a video posted Monday to YouTube by the Washington Free Beacon, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry warns Alfonso Aguilar of the American Principles Project’s Latino Partnership to “be careful” when using the term “hard worker.” The reason, she claims, it that it demeans slaves and poor mothers.
The statement came in a discussion about Rep. Paul Ryan, the former GOP vice-presidential candidate who now wants to replace Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, as Speaker of the House. Aguilar was singing Ryan’s praises, telling Harris-Perry that Ryan is a “hard worker.” That set Harris-Perry off.
“I feel you,” she told Aguilar. “But I just want to pause on one thing. Because I don’t disagree with you that I 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 actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall. Because it is a reminder of what hard work looks like.”
She wasn’t finished, however. Harris-Perry then went on to talk about single mothers without health care and falsely claimed that Republicans refer to them as “failures.”
“But we don’t call them hard workers,” she told Aguilar, refusing to let him respond. “We call them failures, we call them ‘people who are sucking off the system.'”
Aguilar disagreed, and attempted to set Harris-Perry straight. Unfortunately, the MSNBC host was unwilling to hear what he had to say.
“No, no. Really, y’all do,” she insisted, without providing a single shred of proof to back up her claim. “That is really what you guys do,” she added.
“That is very unfair,” Aguilar said. He told Harris-Perry that the GOP cannot and should not be generalized in such a way, prompting her to agree.
It’s not the first time Harris-Perry has made outrageous statements. Earlier this month, for example, she claimed socialism never took hold in the United States because of racism.
In June, she claimed that former Spokane NAAP head Rachel Dolezal may be black even though her parents are both white. She also suggested that calling the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” is the same as using the “n-word.”
Many of those commenting at YouTube lambasted Harris-Perry as an “idiot” and wondered what kind of individual would listen to such drivel. One person suggested Harris-Perry is “a psychotic” who “needs help fast” while another suggested that her support of Ryan for the position of House Speaker should cause conservatives a great deal of concern. Video of the exchange can be seen above.