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.
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 (@Will Jordan)1482286286.0
That time Bill O'Reilly got his internal and external monologues confused https://t.co/CBy8wl4II1— Dan Pfeiffer (@Dan Pfeiffer)1482288342.0
Trump retired the dog whistle. Here, O'Reilly sounds the siren: https://t.co/kJSmVPzkbR— Matt Katz (@Matt Katz)1482288006.0
OTOH, coming out and saying there's a white establishment is pretty woke for Bill O'Reilly. https://t.co/gFQOPKlrkN— James Poniewozik (@James Poniewozik)1482287054.0
Watch the video below, via Fox News:
.@oreillyfactor: “The left wants power taken away from the white establishment and they want a profound change in t… https://t.co/e2fES038On— Fox News (@Fox News)1482282452.0
Is someone playing with the dimmer or is Bill O'Reilly just PROUD of his racism now? https://t.co/vcuWX0YT1i— Lauren Duca (@Lauren Duca)1482294635.0
Remember when Bill O'Reilly went to Harlem and his heart grew three sizes that day bc he saw black people eating me… https://t.co/vActdSrHGz— Richard Lawson (@Richard Lawson)1482292403.0
[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 (@James Hamblin)1482291068.0