Fox News host Bill O’Reilly went on a diatribe against calls to abolish the Electoral College Tuesday night, arguing the political left is “all about race” and “wants power taken away from the white establishment.”
Throughout his mind-boggling Talking Points segment, O’Reilly conceded that “Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 million,” but insisted the “hidden reason” behind calls to scrap the electoral college is actually the desire to marginalize and disenfranchise white working class men.
The O’Reilly Factor host said without the Electoral College, Democrats could campaign exclusively in “large urban areas and blue states” where “minorities are substantial.”
“Neutralizing the largely white rural areas in the Midwest and South will assure liberal politicians get power and keep it,” O’Reilly said, adding “this is all about race.”
“The left sees white privilege in America as an oppressive force that must be done away with,” O’Reilly said. “Therefore white working class voters must be marginalized.
“Very few commentators will tell you that the heart of liberalism in America today is based on race,” O’Reilly declared, presumably offering himself up as one of those few brave speakers willing to make such an asinine argument. “It permeates almost every issue: that white men have set up a system of oppression. That system must be destroyed.”
In summation, O’Reilly concluded, “the left wants power taken away from the white establishment. They want a profound change in the way America is run.”
Twitter users were quick to point out while The Factor host’s quote may seem shocking, in the context of O’Reilly—and considering white nationalists openly celebrate the election of a candidate whom O’Reilly serves as a de facto hype man for—it’s really not surprising at all.
Honestly stunned…I’d never have guessed that a guy named O’Reilly raised in 1950s Levittown would be a racist
— OPM Hack Victim Nate (@inthesedeserts) December 21, 2016
Easy to forget, but Bill O’Reilly’s first reaction to the 2012 election was to lament that “The White Establishment is now the minority”
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) December 21, 2016
Trump retired the dog whistle. Here, O’Reilly sounds the siren: https://t.co/kJSmVPzkbR
— Matt Katz (@mattkatz00) December 21, 2016
White power, now and forever, says Bill O’Reilly…astounding that he said it out loud. https://t.co/K08H1WfvAi
— Dan Gillmor (@dangillmor) December 21, 2016
Watch the video below, via Fox News:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 21, 2016
Is someone playing with the dimmer or is Bill O'Reilly just PROUD of his racism now? https://t.co/vcuWX0YT1i
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) December 21, 2016
Bill O'Reilly's most recent comments are a lesson in "they ain't even mincin words no more".
— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) December 21, 2016
Remember when Bill O'Reilly went to Harlem and his heart grew three sizes that day bc he saw black people eating meals and being people https://t.co/8zQJD6ebFt
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) December 21, 2016
Man, whichever secretary O'Reilly is sexually harassing now must have been extra evasive this morning
— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) December 21, 2016
[cut to tomorrow's O’Reilly] well the liberal PC police are crying in their safe spaces because I argued for white power [eye roll]
— James Hamblin (@jameshamblin) December 21, 2016
There should be universal ‘dismay and disgust’ at Roger Stone’s actions: Judge Amy Berman Jackson
Judge Amy Berman Jackson delivered quite the lecture to Trump ally Roger Stone during his sentencing hearing on Thursday.
Shortly before sentencing the longtime right-wing dirty trickster, Jackson delivered a blistering condemnation of Stone's efforts to lie to investigators and intimidate witnesses, all to cover up the truth about his efforts to make contact with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election.
"The defendant lied about a matter of great national and international significance," she said. "This is not campaign hijinks. This is not just Roger being Roger."
She also expressed astonishment that anyone would be calling for Stone to be pardoned despite being convicted on seven counts that included perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice. She also said that Stone's assault on the truth was "a threat to our most fundamental institutions, to the very foundation of our democracy."
Democrats back out hunting for votes after bruising debate
Democratic presidential candidates hit the campaign trail on Thursday after a bruising debate that saw billionaire Michael Bloomberg take a pummelling from his rivals.
"Worst debate performance in history!" crowed President Donald Trump of the former New York mayor's first debate appearance since joining the race in November.
Bloomberg, who has surged in the polls behind hundreds of millions of dollars of spending on television, radio and online ads, was the target of unrelenting attacks all night from the other five candidates on the Las Vegas stage.
Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
Donald Trump's longtime aide Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday in a case that has caused a stir in Washington following meddling by the US president and his attorney general.
Stone received a sentence of 40 months in prison.
Stone, one of the Republican leader's allies and "oldest friends," was convicted in November of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to cheat in the 2016 election.
Just 10 days ago, four US prosecutors asked a judge to sentence the former political consultant to between seven and nine years in jail. Trump chimed in via his favorite method of communication -- Twitter -- to denounce what he called a "miscarriage of justice."