07/09/2012 09:51 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Melissa Harris-Perry Responds To Bill O'Reilly, Gretchen Carlson Criticism (VIDEO)

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Melissa Harris-Perry responded to Bill O'Reilly and Gretchen Carlson on her Sunday MSNBC show after the Fox News hosts criticized a segment she aired about Independence Day.

A few days prior to the Fourth of July, Harris-Perry took to her show to discuss what she called America's "complicated history." Harris-Perry called the men who founded America "embarrassingly imperfect."

"The land on which they formed this union was stolen," Harris-Perry said. "The hands with which they built this nation were enslaved. The women who birthed the citizens of the nation were second class. But all of this is our story."

O'Reilly and Carlson laid into Harris-Perry for taking such an approach to discuss the holiday. "She's not wrong historically," Carlson said. "But you know what Bill, on the Fourth of July, do you think any American really wants to hear about the negatives of this country?"

"Well people who watch that network do," O'Reilly said of MSNBC viewers. "The far left in America, which is entirely what watches that, they hate the country. They want to break it down and build back a totally new America."

In a segment titled "Word Police," Harris-Perry reacted to O'Reilly and Carlson's criticism. "Out came the word police, with their frankenbite, selective excerpts of what I had to say," Harris-Perry said of her Independence Day monologue while a graphic of O'Reilly and Carlson appeared on screen. "Out came their condemnation of any criticism of the nation so close to the day commemorating our founding -- a founding based on the very principle of the right to criticize, oppose, even at times, to revolt. Revolt -- world police -- holster your weapons, pocket your badges. This is not a revolution being televised. It's just television. We're just talking, with our words, just as those who came before us fought and died so that we could."

Watch Harris-Perry's response in the clip above, and her segment on Independence Day in the video below:

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