Bill O’Reilly was so eager to defend Donald Trump’s outrageous lie about "millions" having voted illegally in presidential election that he engaged in just the kind of yellow journalism he’d spend days decrying had anyone used the same “evidence” to support a liberal claim.
In case you have forgotten Trump’s anti-American tweet on Sunday about voter fraud what with his latest anti-American outrage about wanting to jail Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to burn the flag, on Sunday, Trump’s tiny Twitter fingers had a tantrum over Green Party Jill Stein’s recount of the presidential election in a few states. But the one that got everyone’s attention was this BS.
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Not surprisingly, O’Reilly added to the Fox News effort to legitimize Trump’s lie. I can just imagine the O’Reilly viciousness that would emerge had Hillary Clinton blamed voter fraud for Trump’s win but since Trump was attacking Clinton’s popular vote victory – well, that was an entirely different kettle of fish.
Unfortunately for O’Reilly, he had to twist himself into a pretzel to find a way to suggest Trump was not lying: by arguing it was possible and then suggesting it was true. First, O’Reilly devoted an entire Talking Points commentary to his “Well, it might be true” argument:
O’REILLY: Now, “Factor” cannot possibly verify whether Mr. Trump’s statement contains any truth at all. What we can tell you with certainty, however, is that there is an amazing amount of confusion over illegal aliens voting. And that is the subject of the first talking points memo.
As you may know, California, along with 11 other states now gives illegal aliens license to drive. And once you have a valid driver’s license in California, Connecticut, Oregon, Vermont, and West Virginia, you’re automatically registered to vote if you use some sleight of hand. You must provide a valid social security number to prove you’re here legally, but that can be done via computer. And as we all know, phony social security numbers are legion.
Now, in California, if you are undocumented you get a stamp on your license that federal limits apply and the law in all of 12 states says illegal aliens are not allowed to vote. However, who’s checking? The answer, no one, as far as we can tell. And as talking points stated, it’s not hard to game the system. So it’s not inconceivable that millions of illegal aliens did vote on November 8th, but it’s not a fact either, at least, at this point. (Transcript via FoxNews.com).
Nice of O’Reilly to kinda/sorta remind us that after baselessly speculating otherwise, there’s absolutely no evidence that millions voted illegally.
O’Reilly opened his following discussion with Charles Krauthammer with a laughable understatement: “Not sure he’s going to be able to back that up. What’s your feeling?”
“Well, of course he’s not going to be able to back it up,” Krauthammer replied.
Krauthammer continued by making a false equivalence between Trump’s tweet and Green Party presidential candidate Stein’s recount.
KRAUTHAMMER: And, you know, it’s like Jill Stein saying in Wisconsin and in Michigan there could have been fraud, there could have been a systematic cyber attack, there could have been some kind of Russian shenanigans in the outcome of this election and therefore, let’s do a recount. Well, there could be a lot of things. That doesn’t make them true. I mean it could be that there are aliens circling the earth and on Election Day – and they’re invisible, of course – they trained their ray-guns on the ballot boxes of several states and, as a result, three million GOP votes disappeared. Anything could be.
But Stein is investigating, not alleging and she’s recounting, not accusing. Those are some big differences. And, though you’re not likely to hear this on Fox, you have to wonder what Trump is so worried about.
Or O’Reilly. He claimed he “took a look at this California thing today” after his staff, “which is the best in the business,” did some research.
“If you have a scenario that easy” to commit voter fraud, O’Reilly intoned, it was no stretch to extrapolate that “millions might have voted, possibly have voted. That’s probably what Trump should have said.”
But while he was at it, O’Reilly did a little extracurricular hate mongering:
O’REILLY: I believe the California authorities in Sacramento want illegal aliens to vote. They want that. So they have made it so with a wink, wink, wink, if you do it this way, you’ll be able to.
While O’Reilly is fuming about the thought of brown people voting, he neatly ignored (or covered up) the fact that actual studies have shown that voter fraud is very rare.
But if O’Reilly and Trump really care so much about voter fraud, why haven’t they said anything about the very suspicious voting habits of one K.T. McFarland, a long-time Fox News contributor who was just picked to be Trump’s deputy national security advisor?
Watch O’Reilly’s deception below, from the November 28, 2016 The O’Reilly Factor.
Back in 1948, LBJ just needed one stuffed ballot box to win the Senate seat. Box 13 from Jim Wells county. I used to live there.
“According to the FBI, in 2015, there were about 1,200,000 violent crimes committed here in the U.S.A. The same year, there were less than 6,000 hate crimes reported. I mean, come on. That sound like an epidemic of hate-driven violence to you? Does it?”
If that sounds like a miniscule percentage that O’Reilly will mock, then why didn’t he mention that there was a study done that said that since 2000 there have been 31 verified cases of voter fraud out of over 1,000,000,000 votes cast?
Why doesn’t he mock Republicans for talking about this sham voter fraud stuff? To quote O’Reilly: “Does that sound like an epidemic…”“Does it?”
I hope the next time he interviews(fluffs) Trump that he will ask him for ANY proof backing up that statement.
I’m also sure that if he does, he will frame as “the left” is trying to diminish Trump’s Presidency by asking him for proof of his statement.
Let’s hope the cranky old bastard is isolating himself on a steadily melting iceberg.