O'Reilly Tells GOP Congressman Not To Call Trump's Remarks Racist Because Trump Isn't David Duke
Bill O'Reilly: "You Don't Use The 'R Word' Unless You Are David Duke ... Unless You Have Got A History Of Trying To Denigrate Minorities"
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From the June 8 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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BILL O'REILLY (HOST): This racism thing has been thrown around. Do you believe that Donald Trump gets up in the morning and says, you know what? I don't like Mexicans, I'm going to go out and try to make them look bad. Do you believe that?
REP. BILL FLORES (R-TX): No, sir, I don't. I don't believe Donald Trump is a racist, but he has made statements that can be interpreted as racist. And we don't need that today. We want him to talk about a vision.
O'REILLY: All right, so you don't believe that he wakes up and he wants to denigrate Mexicans?
FLORES: No, sir, not at all.
O'REILLY: But in your opinion, he did that to the judge, right?
FLORES: Absolutely, he listened to his own words, he did.
O'REILLY: Don't you think it was more about Trump being angry with the judge's decision in a civil litigation rather than the judge's ethnicity?
FLORES: It doesn't make any difference because that's not what the American people hear. The American people heard racism. The American people want to hear about a positive vision for the country, and get away from the Obama/Hillary regime.
O'REILLY: OK, I get your point, but I think you understand mine as well. That you don't use the "r word" unless you are David Duke, unless you have got a history of trying to denigrate minorities or other people. I mean, you need to have a perspective. That's all I'm saying. I don't think it was wise that Mr. Trump said that about the judge. It wasn't wise.