After Bill O’Reilly helped sanitize buddy Donald Trump’s racist attacks on the judge sitting on a Trump University fraud case, Donald Trump repaid the favor by hinting he had been fed questions in advance. UPDATED
As I wrote earlier, in his Talking Points commentary last night, O’Reilly followed Trump’s own directive to his campaign staff and helped impugn the credibility of Judge Gonzalo Curiel, by demanding he recuse himself - while O’Reilly pretended he was not advancing Trump’s bigoted claim that the judge’s Hispanic background disqualified him for hearing a case having nothing to do with ethnicity.
O’Reilly followed that up with a friendly chat with his milkshake BFF, in which he offered a suggestion as to how Trump could better attack the judge.
At about 4:50 in the interview, O’Reilly moved on to help Trump promote himself with women.
O’REILLY: Now, on the women front, The Boston Globe yesterday writes that you pay men in your campaign a third more in salary than you pay women. And this goes back to my theme that this is what you’re going to be confronted with. Number one, is that true, do you pay men a third more than women in your campaign?
TRUMP: The answer is no. And I just had it checked because I heard this was going to be a question. I don’t know, I just have a good source. And somebody said this could be a question.
Slate reached out to Fox and got this response:
“We never, ever tell the guests what questions will be asked. Bill O’Reilly is the only person who knows what exactly he’ll ask. We treated this interview like we treat all other guests on the program.”
Notice the qualifier in the “what exactly he’ll ask?” In other words, someone could have clued in Trump about what to be prepared to answer without telling him “what exactly” the question would be.
Trump has been angry at Fox for siding against his attacks on Judge Curiel. Was this Trump's way of payback? Regardless, it makes you wonder how many (Republican) guests have been tipped off about what to be prepared to answer.
Watch it below, from the June 6 The O’Reilly Factor.
UPDATE: As our reader d d pointed out below, O'Reilly's website, BillOReilly.com, left out that Trump's remark about knowing in advance he'd be asked about The Boston Globe story.
UPDATE: 6/8/16 The BillOReilly.com link no longer works.
So, if anyone wants to check BOR’s website for inconsistencies/editing vs. what was aired, check his website that night or the next morning/afternoon.
No worries though as I took a screen shot of his webpage showing that he clearly edited out what the Trumpster said about expecting that question to be asked. :-)
And, btw, that “amp;” in the URL must be caused by this commenting system; for some reason, when it sees &, it adds in “amp;” which has to be removed for the URL to work.
Btw, the link to BOR’s webpage doesn’t work as it is in my original post – the “amp;” part causes problems (even though I copied it straight from the URL on BOR’s site). Maybe the “&” is changing over to “amp;” when I put my post through the commenting system here? I’ll try it again…if it doesn’t work either, remove the “amp;” and then give the URL a try.
As for ‘exactly’, O’Really is such a doofus he probably can’t read his teleprompter correctly and, as such, the questions might be somewhat twisted about,… but one can almost guarantee the content is the same — otherwise Bill’s prepared comebacks would not work.
Thanks for the tip!
Hmm, looks like BOR didn’t think the above bit of Trump’s answer was important or interesting enough to put on his website (as it was deliberately edited out). Yeah, we see what you did there, BOR. Pffft!
From BOR’s website:
“The Factor also asked Trump if he paid men on his campaign more than women, as the Boston Globe reported.
“The answer is no,” Trump said. “I just checked it, Bill, and the answer is no,” Trump said. “And, in fact, if you look at the Clinton Foundation, they pay a lot more to men than they do women. And you look at other things that she has been involved in, and, frankly, surprisingly, she pays a lot more to men than she pays to women. And that’s come out over the last three or four weeks.”
Trump’s actual answer: “The answer is no. And I just had it checked. Because I heard this was going to be a question. I don’t know I have a good source and somebody said that this could be a question. I just checked it, Bill, and the answer is no. And, in fact, if you look at the Clinton Foundation, they pay a lot more to men than they do women. And you look at other things that she has been involved in, and, frankly, surprisingly, she pays a lot more to men than she pays to women. And that’s come out over the last three or four weeks.”
“Hey Billy Boy, after you ask me when I first realised I was Jesus Christ, how about you put the boot into my ex-wives. Kinda cut them off at the pass if they’re thinking about dishing up the dirty laundry.”