O'Reilly Tells GOP Congressman Not To Call Trump's Remarks Racist Because Trump Isn't David Duke

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. 

Previously:

Bill O'Reilly: "Those Who Are Calling Mr. Trump Racist Apparently Do Not Know His History"

O'Reilly Now Denies He Compared Black Lives Matter To Nazis

Wash. Post’s Wemple: Bill O’Reilly Is “Following Trump Into A Racist Abyss”

Larry Wilmore Slams Bill O'Reilly's "Horrible, Racist Statement" That Blacks Are "Ill-Educated And Have Tattoos On Their Forehead"

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