Fox News host Bill O’Reilly argued on Wednesday that the killing of Osama bin Laden should not count as a foreign policy victory for President Barack Obama because Obama didn’t pull the trigger himself.
“He had nothing to do with that,” O’Reilly told Democratic strategist Jessica Ehrlich. “That was U.S. intel and the NAVY Seals taking him out. He just said ‘do it.'”
“It happened under his watch,” Ehrlich countered.
“So what?” O’Reilly asked dismissively. “If that’s what he’s got after six years, that’s dismal.”
As Mother Jones reported in 2012, conservatives have long sought to minimize both Obama’s decision to authorize the 2011 raid that ended in bin Laden’s death and bin Laden himself. O’Reilly failed to mention on Wednesday that Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, called bin Laden “a person who’s been marginalized.”
The Factor host also discussed former Vice President Dick Cheney’s criticism of Obama in a recent interview with Playboy magazine with colleague Andrea Tantaros.
“Thank you for reading Playboy for me,” Tantaros told O’Reilly.
“That’s my job and I have to do it,” he replied, before saying Cheney calling Obama “the worst president in my lifetime” was “a little bit of an overstatement based on ideology.”
“Am I wrong?” he asked the Outnumbered host.
“I don’t think you’re wrong,” said Tantaros, who earlier this year “just asked” if Obama was anti-Semitic. “I do agree with Cheney that he is one of the worst presidents, no question.”
Watch video of O’Reilly’s remarks, as posted by Media Matters, below.
Conservative columnist Max Boot: ‘It’s reality that’s pushing for impeachment’
Max Boot, a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, argued on Sunday that "reality" is "pushing for impeachment."
On CNN's Reliable Sources program, host Brian Stelter asked if it is the media's fault that the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump has become a topic of discussion.
"Journalist are doing their jobs and reporting the facts," national security analyst Samantha Vinograd insisted. "I don’t think that putting the press in one basket is helpful. Trump does that, but we shouldn’t do that."
Boot said that attacking the media over impeachment amounts to "blaming the messenger."
Sen. Tom Cotton calls for unauthorized ‘retaliatory strike’ on Iran with ‘the fire and fury of the military’
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Sunday called for a "retaliatory strike on Iran" after Trump administration officials alleged that the country is behind attacks on oil tankers.
"Well, Iran for 40 years has engaged in this kind of attacks, going back to 1980s," Cotton told CBS host Margaret Brennan.
"These unprovoked attacks a warrant retaliatory strikes," he added. "We can make a military response in the time and matter of our choosing."
"A retaliatory strike?" Brennan pressed. "As someone who sits in Congress, do you believe that he can act, the administration can act without coming to Congress first?"
CNN’s Santorum humiliated by laughing panel after claiming Russians would never offer election help
CNN analyst Rick Santorum stepped in it on Sunday morning after he tried to dismiss Donald Trump's comments about accepting foreign help, with the former GOP senator claiming it never happens.
That made the entire "State of the Union" panel bust out laughing while shouting over each other to remind him of Donald Trump Jr's meeting with Russian operatives at Trump Tower in 2016.
Asked about the Trump comments, the former Republican senator rolled his eyes at the notion of Russians making overtures to presidential candidates.
"That is not how it would come," Santorum asserted. "No foreign government could come to your campaign and say 'I'm the Russian government --'" he began before the entire panel exploded.