Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Tries To Explain Anti-Donald Trump Protests

Bill O’Reilly started off his show on Monday night with a bang. He accused the mainstream media of not telling the entire story of the anti-Trump rallies that began in Chicago on Friday evening.

“If you were monitoring the national media coverage of the fracas, you did not get the entire story,” O’Reilly claimed at the very beginning of his show.

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Bill claimed that about 180 University of Illinois-Chicago faculty and staff sent a letter to the chancellor expressing their anger about the Trump rally. The very same day, a petition was posted on MoveOn.org, which was signed by a lot of people who opposed Trump’s appearance. This led to a gathering of people to deny Trump the right to speak in Chicago on Friday night.

“So I ask you — Who’s at fault here? Who promoted the incident? The answer is easy here: The far left agitators, who do not believe in freedom of speech, drove a situation that could have become violent. There’s no question about that, and Trump was right to cancel the event because people might have been hurt,” Bill O’Reilly continued.

O’Reilly said that the national mainstream media spun the story in order to demonize Trump and his supporters. He indicated that the media put the blame on Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and racist talk. He summed up his segment by pointing out that the press pretty much condoned a flat-out assault on freedom of speech. O’Reilly did admit though that if you’re going to be president, you can’t load up on inflammatory statements, which he believes Trump does too often.

Bill O’Reilly then aired videos of different people talking about what happened Friday evening at Trump’s rally.

“Some of these protesters that you saw in Chicago were obviously organized, maybe even paid to disrupt an event. So I’m not excusing their behavior. But this is not just the protesters in Chicago. This is now multiple rallies were people are assaulted and beat up,” Marco Rubio said, before indicating that these things are being done by Trump supporters.

Then, O’Reilly had Trump airing a statement.

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“I don’t accept responsibility. I do not condone violence in any shape,” Trump said, before trying to make an excuse for one of his supporters getting violent because someone possibly raised their middle finger.

O’Reilly then said that Trump may win Republican nomination, but that still won’t be an easy victory for Donald Trump.

“Winning the Republican nod is far different than winning the general election. It is a foregone conclusion that minority voters in America will not support Donald Trump. He will also have trouble in states like California, Illinois, and New York, which have a lot of electoral votes.”

According to the Washington Examiner, Joe Scarborough appeared on MSNBC and agreed with O’Reilly that Donald Trump will have a difficult time winning the general election, especially because of his extreme rhetoric and his failure to disavow support from white supremacist groups.

Bill O’Reilly obviously isn’t anti-Trump, but he does think Trump is in unfamiliar waters and that Trump would be wise to tone it down a bit and conduct himself with restraint. Do you agree with Bill O’Reilly about Donald Trump? Let us know in the comments section.

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