On Tuesday night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly took exception to part of Michelle Obama’s Monday night speech to the Democratic National Convention.
Media Matters reported that O’Reilly was piqued that the First Lady pointed out that the White House was built by slaves.
In a mind-bogglingly tone-deaf statement, O’Reilly said that yes, slaves helped build the White House, but not any illegal immigrants because “If you could make it here, you could stay here.”
He went on to say, “Slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802. However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well. Got it all? There will be a quiz.”
The Fox News host later responded to people upset about his comments:
Far left loons distort tip about @FLOTUS statement that slaves built White House. She's correct & I provided facts. More on The Factor -BO'R
— Bill O'Reilly (@oreillyfactor) July 27, 2016
O’Reilly’s network has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks over apparent rampant sexism and an entrenched culture of sexual harassment. CEO Roger Ailes was forced to step down at the height of the GOP convention last week.
In 2004, O’Reilly was sued for sexual harassment by subordinate Andrea Mackriss, who said that the host harassed her in person and on the phone with graphic sexual fantasies and at one point called her while masturbating and penetrating himself with a vibrator.
O’Reilly and Fox News settled with Mackriss out of court.
Watch the video, embedded below via Media Matters:
MSNBC’s Dr. Gupta blasts ‘weak leadership’ of GOP governors: ‘It’s too little too late’
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "Meet The Press," medical analyst Dr. Vin Gupta laid into Republican governors' mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic as new cases explode across the country.
"Dr. Gupta, we have the governor of Texas issuing an order for Texans to wear masks. Not seeing the same thing in Florida," said anchor Katy Tur. "What is your medical take?"
"I think it's too little, too late. Both in Texas and Florida," said Gupta. "Florida especially, given what is happening with day-to-day caseloads. If I was Governor DeSantis, you need to be thinking about how to save lives. That's bringing in portable ICUs, making sure you have enough dialysis nurses. This is potentially even mobilizing National Guard. I know we are not talking about military forces, reserves."
Black reporter calls out white police union chief for ‘dangerous and false statement’ about Florida protest
News4Jax reporter Lena Pringle covered the peaceful Black Lives Matter protests in downtown Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday, only to be attacked for being there by a white police union chief.
"The Kemetic Empire, other activist organizations, and family members of those killed by police are demonstrating on the steps of JSO in downtown Jacksonville. Listen in to find out what concerns and changes they want to see from JSO," Pringle typed, posting a video of the demonstration that displayed black body bags to signify the lives taken by police. The comments exploded on Pringle's feed with racism and hate.
Pelosi says sanctions against Russian intel were stripped from bill because of Trump — even though GOP wanted them
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) revealed in her weekly press briefing that the Russian sanctions bill had sanctions that specifically targeted Russian intelligence, known as the GRU. But those sanctions were stripped out of the bill.
"We passed in a bipartisan way, sanctions on Russia. The administration told us to take out the sanctions against the GRU, the intelligence as well as the defense sectors of Russia. Those should definitely be -- those were there in a bipartisan way. The administration wanted them out. I don't know why," Pelosi said, throwing her arms in the air.
She went on to say that the investigation into the Russian bounty on Americans shouldn't distract from the fact that Russia is trying to interfere with U.S. elections, or that "all roads through this president lead to Putin."