Bill O'Reilly Defends Trump Against Allegations Of Hate Speech
O'Reilly: "The Comments Are Not There By Trump To Promote Hate. It's His Policy That He Is Trying To Get Out"
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From the January 12 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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BILL O'REILLY (HOST): You use the system legitimately. You got the signatures, but I'm going to challenge the hate speech. If you look at Trump's comments on Mexicans and Muslims -- and I disagree with those comments by the way and I've told him--
SUZANNE KELLY (GUEST): I'm sure you do
O'REILLY: And I've told him to his face that I don't believe that's good policy. It's not good policy. However, we have a big problem in the United States with Mexicans coming through our southern border helped by the Mexican government, which looks the other way while these people smugglers and drug smugglers do their dirty deeds down there. That was the context of Mr. Trump's remarks on Mexicans. And obviously you know with the refugee problem in Europe the trouble that's causing and that's the context of Trump's comments on the Syrian refugees, the Muslim refugees. So, the comments are not there by Trump to promote hate. It's his policy that he is trying to get out. Do you understand that?
O'REILLY: You may not agree with it, but you can't -- you shouldn't, in my opinion -- ban people. In fact, you should want Trump to come to Aberdeen and have an interview with him. Right?