Bill O’Reilly weighed in on the controversy about Trump University at the very beginning of his show Monday evening.
“No matter what happens in the Trump University civil litigation, it will not likely have major implications for the election.”
O’Reilly added that voters have more important things to consider than the disenchantment of some Trump University students.
“There is a political component to the legal action, as the law firm behind the suit often helps the Democratic Party. The firm has paid Bill and Hillary Clinton a combined $675,000 for speeches since 2009,” O’Reilly angrily continued.
Because of this, Bill O’Reilly believes Trump is correct in being indignant and wanting to defend himself vigorously. However, the Fox News star didn’t feel that referring to the judge in this case as just “a Mexican” doesn’t help Trump’s cause. Newt Gringrich, an avid Trump supporter noted, conservatives would be angry if they referred to Justice Clarence Thomas as “a Black.”
O’Reilly noted that Judge Gonzalo Curiel is anything but a raging liberal, but that he does belong to a group called San Diego La Raza Lawyers, a bar association. This group has tried to make illegal immigration legal, and the fact that Trump is against illegal immigration and even wants to build a wall may be a conflict of interest. O’Reilly believes Curiel should excuse himself from the case.
Bill O’Reilly then had Mr. Trump himself on the show. O’Reilly asked Trump if he regrets making his comments so personal.
“I don’t care if the judge is Mexican or not. I’m going to do great with the Mexican people, because I provide jobs…so I don’t care about ‘Mexican.’ But we’re being treated very unfairly, Bill, very very unfairly.”
O’Reilly asked if it would have been better not to bring up the “Mexican” thing at all and just said what he had just said tonight. Trump paraded around the question and made himself a victim of improper questioning. He said the judge has been treating him very unfairly.
Then, O’Reilly asked Trump about Hillary Clinton.
“She’s not honest. She’s not capable. Look at her decisions. Every decision she’s made practically…and she’s made so many bad decisions that she would be a disaster as the president of our country,” Trump angrily retorted.
In going back to the controversy, O’Reilly — once again — mentioned the fact that people think he is racist against Muslims, Hispanics, etc. Trump said the accusations simply aren’t true and mentioned how many Hispanics he has working for him. However, as Slate notes, Trumps words and excuses are not sitting well with other Republicans. One of the people they quote is House speaker Paul Ryan.
“Look, the comment about the judge, just was out of left field for my mind. It’s reasoning I don’t relate to, I completely disagree with the thinking behind that.”
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of support for Trump on Twitter regarding the situation.
Bill O’Reilly has used the term “wetback” back in 2003 to refer to Mexicans who transport illegal immigrants over the border. Social media wasn’t huge then, so O’Reilly barely got called on it. Some may say that his drilling of Donald Trump’s language is hypocritical, but O’Reilly hasn’t made the same type of mistake in 13 years. Then again, O’Reilly isn’t running for president either. Do you think Bill O’Reilly and other Republicans are right in condemning Donald Trump’s words to Judge Curiel? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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