Megyn Kelly, Glenn Beck Rip Melissa Harris-Perry over ‘Hard Worker’ Comment

As part of his appearance on the Tuesday edition of Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File promoting his new book The Immortal Nicholas, The Blaze founder/host Glenn Beck and host Megyn Kelly slammed Melissa Harris-Perry for her now viral comment condemning the use of the term “hard worker” because she believed its demeaning to slaves and working mothers. 

Following a clip of Harris-Perry scolding a guest on Saturday for describing Republican Congressman Paul Ryan (Wisc.) as a “hard worker,” Beck lashed out at the ultra-liberal MSNBC host by first taking issue with her shots at the GOP for supposedly condemning mothers as “failures”: “Who call as hard-working mom a failure? Who calls a stay-at-home mom a failure?”

Beck then pointed out that it’s often “the left that mocks and ridicules and belittles people who make a choice to stay home to raise their children” and opined that being a stay-at-home mom is “the hardest job ever and another thing.”

Turning to her comments about “hard worker” being offensive to those who were slaves, Beck found it troubling that Harris-Perry told guest Alfonso Aguilar that she keeps a photo of slaves working in a cotton field in her office:

I'm sorry, but I think you have some sort of a problem, a deep-seeded 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 agreed, telling Beck he “raise[d] an interesting point” but remembered that Harris-Perry was the same person who wore mini-tampons as earrings during one show in 2013. Speaking broadly of Harris-Perry, Kelly observed that “she's gone to some weird places” over the course of her time at MSNBC.

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Earlier in the segment, Kelly asked Beck about the situation in South Carolina involving a school resource officer and a female African-American student being forcibly removed from her desk. 

Realizing that his parents would not have taken kindly to him not cooperating with a teacher and a police officer in any fashion, Beck also realized: 

The police officer is being put in an absolute no-win situation and we're sitting around speculating on what he did. What about the teacher? What about the school? What about all the other teachers in all the other schools that now this is being seen on television and they know, all I have to do — I can punch a police officer, I can resist arrest, and the cop's going to get in trouble. 

Putting the story in a broader context concerning the media’s hyping of incidents involving minorities and law enforcement, Beck declared: “This is an absolute ticket to anarchy, which is exactly what many in our country would like.”

The relevant portions of the transcript from FNC’s The Kelly File on October 27 can be found below.

FNC’s The Kelly File
October 27, 2015
9:46 p.m. Eastern

MEGYN KELLY: The media’s very focused on that cop's behavior but Glenn Beck has a different take. Glenn’s back with us now. Glenn, your take on it?

GLENN BECK: Yeah, you know, Megyn, you are far too lovely to even speculate at your age and you're far younger than I am, but in my day as an old man now, if I would have come home and there was a video of me sitting in that chair, my parents would have said to me, what the hell were you saying that brought that cop — why does somebody have to call a police officer in the first place on you and my parents wouldn't have listened to my plea. They would have watched this and said — first of all, they were called into the classroom because of you, second of all, he said to you, get up, come with me. You obey the police officer, period, no ifs, ands, or buts. The police officer is being put in an absolute no-win situation and we're sitting around speculating on what he did. What about the teacher? What about the school? What about all the other teachers in all the other schools that now this is being seen on television and they know, all I have to do — I can punch a police officer, I can resist arrest, and the cop's going to get in trouble. This is an absolute ticket to anarchy, which is exactly what many in our country would like. 

KELLY: You know — you know, how it is. Even you just saying that has people saying, racist. 

BECK: I don't care. I don't care. I mean, you can call me whatever you want. Megyn, people have called me everything from under the sun. We're in place in America that if we don't start reattaching ourselves to each other and attaching ourselves on common sense values, this is nothing. All the world is but a stage. We're watching dramas and stage shows played out in front of us in the guise of politics or — or — or whatever. 

KELLY: You would think one of the things that would bind us together would be having integrity, being hard-working and yet, that term is apparently no longer allowed. I give you Melissa Harris-Perry. 

BECK: No —

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KELLY: You as a party? The Republicans

BECK: Let me ask you. Who call as hard-working mom a failure? Who calls a stay-at-home mom a failure? Usually it's the left that mocks and ridicules and belittles people who make a choice to stay home to raise their children. That's the hardest job ever and another thing, I'm sorry, but I think you have some sort of a problem, a deep-seeded 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 raise an interesting point. This is the same wore who, you know, wore — as earnings — I don’t known, she's gone to some weird places.

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