Fox News host Bill O’Reilly asserted on Tuesday that Donald Trump had soundly won the Republican presidential primary in Florida because he been the “more authoritarian” candidate, and that voters had showed that they wanted “a punishment” along with a victory.
“It was no surprise that Trump won in Florida,” O’Reilly told Fox News anchor Bret Baier moments after the network called the state for the Republican billionaire. “The reason I think that Trump won in Florida is because he comes across as more authoritarian — not authoritative — authoritarian.”
According to O’Reilly, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was never able to overcome the perception that an outsider was needed “to punish the Republican establishment.”
“But more importantly to take it to Hillary Clinton,” he continued. “I think the turning point in this race for Trump was when he attacked both Hillary and Bill Clinton a few months ago when they started the sexist stuff, and he just laid them out. I think a lot of people saw that and said, ‘You know what? This guy can punish as well as win.'”
“And in this angry age,” O’Reilly added, “voters want a punishment along with a victory.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.