Fox News host Bill O’Reilly chided his colleague Megyn Kelly on Thursday for “buying into” the idea of income inequality, arguing that Kelly disproved that notion by being able to get a job there despite going to “OK” schools.
“You worked your way up,” O’Reilly told Kelly. “Was there any war on you? Did anybody declare war on you?”
“Apparently there was and I just didn’t know it,” Kelly said.
“Was there any income inequality while you were working your way up?” O’Reilly asked.
“Plenty, plenty, Bill,” Kelly replied.
“You were working your way up, Kelly,” O’Reilly insisted.
“I was inspired by the rich people,” she insisted. “I wanted to be one of them.”
“Were you paid fairly for what you did?” O’Reilly asked.
“I don’t know,” Kelly answered. “I guess so.”
“I guess so,” he repeated. “So no war on you. No income inequality on Megyn Kelly. Worked hard. Worked your way up. And now here you are.”
“It’s like the classic Jon Lovitz bit,” Kelly said. “Where he says, ‘You can do it, you can pull yourself up, work hard. You can make it to the top. And I got here, and the answer is, Blank you.’”
“I just destroyed this inequality myth,” O’Reilly concuded.
“That’s not true,” Kelly said, pushing back. “There are poor people who do not have the advantage of education that I had, the advantage of both parents in the home that I had.”
“But there are programs in place to help them,” O’Reilly countered.
“We need more of them,” Kelly continued. “You can’t get out of this income inequality situation by saying it doesn’t exist and is all a fabrication.”
“It exists in every free-marketplace, and technology has exacerbated it,” O’Reilly told a seemingly skeptical Kelly.
The two anchors’ argument began when Kelly suggested to O’Reilly that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might become a 2016 Democratic presidential contender because she has built her name on policies fighting economic inequality, which O’Reilly dismissed by saying she would forego campaigning in order to sell a “dopey book.”
“You’re buying into this fraud, Kelly, and I’m very disappointed, so listen to the master,” O’Reilly told Kelly, who jokingly turned around asking, “Where?”
O’Reilly then said Kelly debunked the idea of economic equality by being able to overcome what he described as a modest upbringing.
“You went to, what, Albany State?” O’Reilly asked.
“Syracuse undergrad and Albany law school,” Kelly said, correcting him.
“OK schools, but not Harvard,” said O’Reilly, who received his Master’s degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
“What?” Kelly said, aghast.
“I’m sorry, they’re OK schools,” O’Reilly repeated. “But they’re not Harvard.”
Watch the discussion, as posted online on Thursday, below.