Is Bill O’Reilly trying to out-Trump Donald Trump? It might seem so from this interview.
O’Reilly recently questioned Trump’s plan to provide jobs in African-American communities during an exchange on "The O’Reilly Factor."
Considering the Republican presidential candidate’s incendiary rhetoric during his campaign events over the past couple of months, one would expect Trump to come up with an inappropriate reply.
But it wasn’t the foul-mouthed mogul who delivered the interview’s most racist line.
It was O’Reilly.
The Fox News host asked Trump how he would create opportunities for black Americans many of whom are, according to him, ill-equipped for jobs.
“How are you going to get jobs for them?” O’Reilly asked. “Many of them are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads, and I hate to be generalized about it but it’s true. If you look at all the educational statistics, how are you going to give jobs to people who aren’t qualified for jobs?”
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Do not be shocked, though. People familiar with his show know well that O’Reilly has a history of coming up with the most shockingly racist statements, especially concerning the African-American community, backed up by half-baked — and sometimes out and out fake — statistics.
On multiple occasions, O’Reilly has blamed “black grievances” on the black community. According to him, their problems begin with African-American teenage girls who get pregnant at the age of 14 and African-American men who abandon their children born out of wedlock.
Yes, it’s as true and crazy as it sounds.
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People often criticize the media for giving Trump more coverage than his hateful speech deserves. However, not many people speak out against O’Reilly, who is equally hateful during his show and hosts the most-watched and top-rated program on cable news.
He has much wider and easier access to people’s households than Trump — something that makes O’Reilly more dangerous than the boorish billionaire.