O'Reilly defends Romney's "gifts" comment

Bill O’Reilly: Romney’s ‘Gifts’ Remark Is ‘Stone Cold Fact’ [Video]

On Monday night, Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly launched on critics of Mitt Romney’s “gifts” remark (which include many GOP members) saying that the former candidate’s sentiment is “a stone cold fact.”

O’Reilly and many others are referring to a conference call between Mitt Romney and some of his top donors during which the candidate said that he lost the election because of the various “gifts” that President Obama promised minorities and young voters. Since that time, several high-profile political figures on both sides of the aisle have condemned Romney’s “gifts” remark, and some have attacked Bill O’Reilly, who said a very similar thing during election night.

“It’s not a traditional America anymore, and there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff. They want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama,” O’Reilly said.

Now, O’Reilly has returned to the criticism of this sentiment, questioning the outrage. “That’s the truth,” O’Reilly said, noting that 63 percent of Americans making less than $30,000 a year voted for Obama. “It is a stone-cold fact.” Figures on the left “don’t want to consider the fact that entitlements buy votes,” O’Reilly said.

O’Reilly also noted that many (but not every) person who voted for President Obama didn’t vote on government regulations, unemployment, or national security, but rather they “voted for the candidate who they thought was going to directly helm them financially.”

Here’s video, via Mediaite. Also, O’Reilly mentions a Washington Post analysis of his comments. That can be found here.

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