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.