On Tuesday evening, President Obama gave a polarizing State of the Union Address, which was the main topic on The O’Reilly Factor Wednesday night. Bill O’Reilly started off his show on an angry note.
“It was a very long speech last night by Mr. Obama; very political, not much substance,” Bill said in his show’s introduction.
Mr. O’Reilly than pointed out that Obama was very sensitive to charges that he had abused American power. He quoted Obama as saying that the United States is the most powerful nation on Earth. O’Reilly had an important response.
“Sure, but what good is having strength if you are unwilling to use it wisely? ISIS is causing a massive amount of trouble in the world. Millions of refugees, the collapse of Iraq, human rights violations, and on and on…”
O’Reilly complained that Obama’s policies have not neutralized ISIS, but instead have made them stronger. Bill then attacked Obama’s comments on prosperity.
“It simply has not happened on Barack Obama’s watch. More than half of all working Americans make less than $30,000 a year. That’s because corporate America is not bullish on Mr. Obama’s high tax-and-spend agenda.”
O’Reilly added that companies are not expanding the way they must in order to create highly paid jobs and instead are penny-pinching, and workers have little say about what is going on.
Megyn Kelly wasn’t a huge fan of Obama’s speech either. However, she was more concerned with what she thought was a “sexist” remark aimed at South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stated that Republicans chose Nicky Haley to respond to Obama’s State of the Union Address for diversity purposes only. A YouTube video of the show documents the conversation.
“As a woman, don’t you think it’s diminishing to say they had to put her up there for diversity purposes?” Kelly asked Schultz.
“Even the Republicans themselves have acknowledged themselves that they have a diversity problem,” Schultz answered.
Schultz noted that after the 2012 election, many Republicans indicated that they needed to reach out more to minority groups. Still, Megyn Kelly wasn’t having it.
“Why couldn’t she [Haley] have been picked because she’s smart, she’s savvy, she presents well, she’s articulate, and she’s a great spokesperson for the Republicans?” Kelly retorted.
Schultz told Kelly that Nikki Haley has “actually done damage to her state” and is “extremely unpopular.” She pretty much summarized that because Haley has done such a bad job, how can anybody not say she was chosen because of her gender? Kelly sternly told Schultz that since she’s in an important position, she needs to be careful with what she says.
“What are you going to say when people say that Hillary’s the nominee because she’s a woman. You’re going to say that’s sexist,” Kelly angrily stated.
Megyn then changed the subject and asked Schultz if it was okay that Democrats invited representatives from the group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) to the State of the Union Address, despite the fact the DOJ admitted they were linked to Hamas, which is recognized as a terrorist group. Instead of directly answering the question, Schultz went on about how Republicans discriminate against Muslims.
Megyn Kelly wasn’t as critical about the overall State of the Union Address as Obama was, but did challenge some of Obama’s statements. Kelly’s next big gig is on January 28, where she will come face to face again with Donald Trump at the next Republican debate event.
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