Fox News host Bill O’Reilly defended Donald Trump on Thursday against accusations of racism for his rants about federal judge Gonzalo Curiel, Media Matters reported.
“You don’t use the ‘R word’ unless you are David Duke,” O’Reilly told Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX). “Unless you have got a history of trying to denigrate minorities or other people. I mean, you need to have a perspective. That’s all I’m saying. I don’t think it was wise that Mr. Trump said that about the judge. It wasn’t wise.”
O’Reilly did not mention that Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, has loudly supported Trump, going so far as to accuse criticize his network — and specifically “shabbat goy shiksa” Megyn Kelly — for weighing in against Trump for calling Curiel a “hater” and “Mexican,” even though the judge was born in Indiana.
“Do you believe that Donald Trump gets up in the morning and says, ‘You know what? I don’t like Mexicans, I’m going to go out and try to make them look back.’ Do you believe that?” O’Reilly asked Flores.
“No, sir, I don’t,” Flores replied. “I don’t believe Donald Trump is a racist but he has made statements that can be interpreted as racist. And we don’t need that today, we want him to talk about a vision.”
Watch footage from the interview, as posted by Media Matters, below.
Japan wants to dump Fukushima radioactive water into ocean
Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.
"It is not true that we have decided on the disposal method," Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's comments earlier in the day.
The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is storing more than one million tonnes of contaminated water in tanks at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Plant that was wrecked by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
Here’s one big reason why Trump is having a white-hot meltdown over the Fed not dropping interest rates
President Donald Trump has a personal conflict-of-interest that may be impacting his decisions in his public feud with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.
"President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts," The Washington Post reported Saturday.
Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’
On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.
"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."
The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.
Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE