Though their ratings this week certainly aren’t their best, Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly have still garnered the highest audience numbers. When averaging daily ratings at Showbuzz Daily, Bill O’Reilly averaged 3.96 million viewers a night, while Megyn Kelly averaged 3.07 million.
One of The O’Reilly Factor’s biggest nights on occurred on Monday when one of the many topics he covered was the fact that Donald Trump claimed that millions of illegal immigrants voted illegally.
“Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that he believes millions of illegal aliens voted in the presidential election. Immediately, he was mocked and scorned by those who don’t like him,” O’Reilly said, adding that he couldn’t verify if Trump’s statement contains any truth at all.
O’Reilly said that he can certainly say there is an amazing amount of confusion over illegal aliens voting. He noted that California, along with 11 other states, gives illegal aliens licenses to drive. That automatically registers them to vote.
“You must provide documentation to prove you are here legally. You need a social security number. That can be done by a computer. And as we all know, phony social security numbers are rampant,” O’Reilly continued, and explained that in California and other states, illegal immigrants get a stamp on their licenses with the “Federal Limits Apply” label.
The Fox News star says that nobody is checking, and it is not hard to game the system. However, the Washington Post says that this is all a Twitter-born conspiracy theory.
“In fact, this claim that millions of illegal immigrants voted is itself the result of a random tweet. On Nov. 13, Gregg Phillips, a former Texas Health and Human Services Commission deputy commissioner, tweeted about there being 3 million votes that were cast by non-citizens.”
Megyn Kelly wasn’t as interested in the illegal immigration issue, but she did cover the flag burning controversy on The Kelly File Tuesday evening.
“Mr. Trump started his day with a controversial tweet recommending criminal punishment for flag burners, writing, quote, ‘Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag, if they do, there must be consequences, perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail,’” Kelly said, adding that Trump’s tweet came after a series of incidents at college campuses across the country where flags have been torn down, stomped on, or burned in the days following the presidential election.
Kelly also discussed Hampshire College, a liberal arts university that lowered its main flag after Donald Trump was elected. The flag was eventually removed because it offended students. She noted that more than 1,000 veterans and their families marched to the Massachusetts liberal arts college to protest the flag-lowering event.
Correspondent Trace Gallagher then took over and explained that two days later, the flag was burned. He showed a video of Hampshire President Jonathan Lash, who said that the symbolism of the flag was taking away from the values that the university wanted to discuss. One military vet told a local Boston TV station that he thinks they have a right to take down the flag, but he wants people to understand how much it hurts him personally.
Megyn Kelly criticized the “special cupcakes” at college campuses who were offended by the American flag and what it stood for. However, Kelly also seemed to be against Donald Trump’s proposal of punishing flag burners since it goes against free speech. This is certainly a topic we will be hearing about on The Kelly File a lot more in the coming months.
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