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Bill O’Reilly blames ‘zealots’ for mounting criticism of Ronald Reagan biography

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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly shot back on Friday at increasing criticism over his latest book, a biography of former President Ronald Reagan.

Killing Reagan is a book that tells the truth,” O’Reilly insisted to close his show. “It accurately portrays Reagan’s incredible journey from a flawed, shallow man to a courageous, brave man. Why anybody who respects President Reagan would want to denigrate that story is a mystery.”

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But according to the Washington Examiner, Reagan administration officials and biographers of the country’s 40th president are criticizing the book because it contains several inaccuracies.

“This is simply an unserious attempt that blunders into, I believe, plagiarism, simplicity and deception,” said Richard Allen, who served as Reagan’s national security advisor for a year.

O’Reilly has said that the “lynchpin of the book” is a discussion Reagan had in 1987 with then-White House aide James Cannon to Reagan’s Chief of Staff, Howard Baker, and counsel A.B. Culvahouse that served as a “quiz” as to whether Reagan was mentally fit to continue his presidency.

That allegation was debunked in a 1988 biography that stated that Cannon “recanted,” the Examiner reported. And Culvahouse has also criticized O’Reilly’s story.

“The myth that Howard Baker and I, at the Monday luncheon or otherwise, were contemplating whether President Reagan should be removed from office under the Twenty-Fifth Amendment was thoroughly discredited when it first appeared 27 years ago,” he said. “It should be returned to the dustbin of fiction masquerading as history.”

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On Friday, O’Reilly said the hostile response to his work with co-author Martin Dugard was nothing new.

“My books on Lincoln, Kennedy, Jesus, and Patton were all attacked by zealots and jealous people,” the Factor host said. “And their garbage didn’t work.”

The remark was a reference to the barrage of criticism his previous historical efforts have received.

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Watch O’Reilly’s commentary, as aired on Friday, below.

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WATCH: ‘Incredible tornado’ caught on tape by storm chaser

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Shocking video was posted to Twitter on Friday by a storm chaser in Canada.

"A tornado has touched down in southwestern Manitoba near Virden," the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports. "The funnel cloud was documented and posted to social media by several people in the area, including storm chaser Aaron Jayjack, who shot video of himself standing in front of the twister as it touched down."

Authorities warned golf ball-sized hail was likely.

"This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation," the government warned. "Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. If you hear a roaring sound or see a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground, flying debris, or any threatening weather approaching, take shelter immediately."

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‘Honestly, I think Trump wants to lose’: Bedminster press conference panned as campaign ‘self-sabotage’

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President Donald Trump made lots of promises at a Friday evening press conference, but did not take any action.

The president made the comments from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, where he arrived on Thursday for an extended weekend.

He held the press conference while allowing members of his private club to serve as an audience for his speech, which was announced by the White House but frequently veered into partisan electoral politics. Members were seen without masks and not social distancing, potentially in violation of New Jersey regulations.

Trump's comments came after White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin "did not make any progress" in negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

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WATCH: Bedminster members cheer when Trump praises them for refusing to social distance

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Donald Trump received loud applause from the members at his private club who had gathered as an audience for his presidential address.

Trump was asked why the audience at Bedminster Golf Club was not social distancing, with many seen without maks.

The leader of the free world replied that the event -- officially announced by the White House -- was a political rally and a peaceful protest.

The audience cheered his comments, as he complained about fake news.

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