A lot of award winners thank God in their acceptance speeches, and former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry too says she turned to God after learning she’d capped off the Media Research Center’s 2016 Gala and DisHonors Awards Thursday night by taking the “Quote of the Year” prize, as determined by audience applause.
Real violence, inequality despair are manifest & y'all trolling me about a year old misquote from a cancelled show? You'll be in my prayers.
— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) September 23, 2016
The prayers are certainly appreciated, and there’s no question that rioting, gun violence, terrorism, and economic inequality have contributed to an inescapable undercurrent of widespread hopelessness and despair — if only the current administration had another eight years to work on fixing that.
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) September 23, 2016
Harris-Perry’s award-winning quote is from last October, when she interrupted praise of Rep. Paul Ryan as a “hard worker” to let her guests know they needed to be “super-careful” using that term, explaining that she kept “an image of folks working in cotton fields” on her office wall as a reminder of what actual hard work looks like.
As far as her allegation of being misquoted, here’s the clip, courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon.
Uh-oh … someone hasn’t been super-careful about using the term “hard-working.”
Hard-working Americans deserve a president with both the ideas and the know-how to create good jobs with rising incomes here in the U.S.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 16, 2016
We are resilient, determined, and hard-working. There’s nothing America can’t do if we do it together.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 11, 2016