Fox News host Bill O’Reilly made one last attempt to buoy Donald Trump’s election hopes on Tuesday night, but he quickly learned that the Republican nominee had a tough road ahead.
As votes were being counted on election night, O’Reilly joined Fox News in a live shot from what appeared to be his private residence.
“Trump’s competing pretty well across the board,” the longtime host opined. “But the army of people that his campaign expected to come out that were disassociated with polling and things like that, that hasn’t materialized. But you know, the Florida thing, he’s got a chance to win Florida because of the Panhandle vote.”
“It’s a slug out right now,” O’Reilly added. “And Trump needs it all to go in his favor.”
However, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer offered a slightly less rosy outlook for the GOP nominee, pointing out that Hillary Clinton’s favorable ratings had unexpectedly beat out Trump in exit polls.
Additionally, Krauthammer noted that Hispanic voters had turned out “in very high numbers” for the Democrat.
“You’re not seeing any kind of sweep in Florida,” O’Reilly countered. “It’s very possible Trump could win Florida.”
Krauthammer agreed that the Florida outcome was still up in the air, “but she’s slightly ahead.”
“I don’t think Trump is under-performing,” O’Reilly interrupted. “Would you cede me that?”
“Under-performing in this election is not reaching 270 [electoral votes],” Krauthammer stated. “That’s the only under-performance that matters.”
After O’Reilly called the Florida race a “dead heat,” Krauthammer informed the Fox News host that Clinton had pulled ahead by 2 percent.
“That is not a dead heat,” Krauthammer insisted. “That is a substantial advantage.”
“Okay, I do not have that latest information,” O’Reilly admitted.
“Well, it helps to have it,” Krauthammer deadpanned.
“If that’s the case,” O’Reilly stuttered, “then the better odds are that she’ll win.”
And when O’Reilly pressed him for a prediction, Krauthammer agreed that Clinton would likely win: “If you force me, I’ll take it.”
Watch the video below from Fox News, broadcast Nov. 8, 2016.
Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls
But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."