MSNBC host Martin Bashir accused Margaret Thatcher of fomenting race riots and being "at ease" with apartheid during her tenure as prime minister Monday afternoon on "Andrea Mitchell Reports":
MARTIN BASHIR: […] But domestically she was a much more divisive figure. And it doesn't matter you're looking at things like the unions and the mining industry or even to social issues like for example, the fact that during her tenure as prime minister, they were the wost race riots in Britain. And she encouraged a very aggressive form of policing, which we knew as stop and search, which people here describe as stop and frisk, as it were. And that provoked some of the worst social unrest in Britain. She regarded Nelson Mandala, for example, as a terrorist. And for a long period of her tenure, she was actually relatively at ease with the idea of apartheid. So I think that the, that history's view of her will be far more generous when it looks at her overseas [record] than it, when it considers what she did domestically.