Bill O’Reilly sounded a lot like his crybaby BFF, Donald Trump, while lashing out at The View’s Joy Behar for being disrespectful to the president-elect. Of course, O’Reilly has no problem working on Fox where hosts are regularly way more disrespectful to President Obama.
On a day when Trump couldn't stop whining about Saturday Night Live's spoof of him, O'Reilly went after The View. While speaking with Fox's Martha MacCallum on The Factor, O'Reilly announced, "I’m never going on The View again, ever. OK?"
To explain, O’Reilly played a clip of Behar saying, “He’s not right in the head. Donald Trump has never appeared stable, to me, when he has come on the show. He has not.”
“There is Behar saying the president-elect is not right in the head,” O’Reilly said, as if he had somehow been insulted. "Enough. Alright? That’s ABC News, by the way … That’s a disgrace.”
Then, also just like his BFF, O’Reilly started smearing the show. He prompted a compliant MacCallum to start talking about how The View's ratings are down. For extra credit, MacCallum just happened to mention how their dear leader’s favorability ratings are up.
Of course, nobody mentioned that Trump’s favorability is much lower than either President Obama or George W. Bush right after their elections.
“I don’t object to them hammering Donald Trump,” O’Reilly contended. “But to say that he’s not right in the head? That’s disrespectful to not only the president-elect but to the whole process, alright?”
If you ask me, that’s nothing compared to the disrespect to our sitting president that Donald Trump showed when he bogusly suggested our first African American president was born in Africa and thus not American enough to be president. That was not only a false smear perpetrated by Trump but it was a false smear that Fox promoted and legitimized. I have never heard an apology, either. That’s not counting all the “too pro-Muslim to protect America” dog whistles blown on Fox that sound just like Trump.
“So that’s it. No more View for me!” O’Reilly declared. When MacCallum asked what could tempt him to return, he said, “Nothing!”
Then he held up his right hand, as if taking an oath. “Will never go there again!”
Something tells me The View will not be overly upset.
Watch it below, from the December 7, 2016 The View.
Either Trump is threatening to disclose the polaroids or Fox has issued orders for the channel to go full-Breitbart.
Of course we all know that Bill held the same standards to anyone who showed any disrespect to President Obama. Whiiiy we could count the fingers on an unarmed man each time he did.
O’Reilly’s position here is not only hypocritical but deeply offensive. He had no problem himself disrespecting Barack Obama and accusing his Administration of criminality all over the place, even though these assertions were repeatedly debunked. He had no problem having various angry Right Wingers on like Monica Crowley to say truly outrageous things about Obama every week of his presidency, including the notion that impeachable crimes were being committed in the White House every single day of the past 8 years. He further accused the Clintons of criminality and immorality and even of murder when it comes to women’s reproductive rights. He does not get to rewrite that history and get on his moral high horse because Joy Behar notes that Trump has serious temperament and stability issues, given his behavior over the past several decades. She’s not far off to note that Trump’s obsessive need to jump on Twitter and attack people can be a serious problem, or to note that he does not seem to comprehend the difference between internet rumors and truth. Those are valid concerns and O’Reilly does himself no favors by conveniently forgetting that he himself actually admitted this at various times during the campaign. What we’re seeing here is O’Reilly trying to bully his way out of his own contradictions, and that won’t work for anyone who’s been paying attention. It also won’t work for O’Reilly if he truly thinks anyone is going to buy the “elder statesman” act he now wants to assume.
O’Reilly is trying to help spread a false narrative about this election to somehow justify the Right Wing’s desperate need to show this as a “sweeping mandate” and a “landslide” for Trump. Factually, Trump lost the popular vote and only squeaked by in several swing states due to enough Clinton voters being demoralized enough or cocky enough to not show up. Trump benefited from the long-time GOP strategy of making elections as unpleasant as possible, to thus make it likelier that only their own true believers would show up, as they do in the midterms. Dems will absolutely need to work on this for 2018 and 2020 if they wish to stem the problems that Pence’s White House is going to inflict on the country. But this was not a “landslide” or a “sweeping mandate” by any means, and Pence and the others are knowingly lying when they say it was. So O’Reilly is trying to find a way to justify that statement to retroactively make it true – kind of like the GOP is about to do to Obama, where they will erase his presidency and then retroactively declare him a failure who didn’t accomplish anything.
O’Reilly’s tactic is to say that the popular vote margin for Clinton is really only in California, as he did a day or two after the election when he snapped at Austan Goolsbee that “that’s just California (sniff)”. This is now the Right Wing drumbeat – take Los Angeles and San Francisco out of the count and now Trump is ahead, see? All we have to do is ignore California because they hate us anyway.
Last night, O’Reilly took the bullying and hating to a new level with New York. Acknowledging that Trump lost New York by nearly an 80-20 margin, O’Reilly dismissed this with the notion that New York is really just a giant welfare state, and that New York City is really just the welfare capital of the world. This falls right in line with the hateful rhetoric he was spewing right after Obama was re-elected in 2012 that he only won because “people want free stuff”. So now we can ignore New York because they’re all just welfare cheats who want a handout, and we can ignore California because they’re a bunch of irrelevant know-nothings. Now that’s inclusiveness for you.
All of this meanness and bullying would already be risible, were it not for the Right Wing’s new demand that everyone just accept Trump as a wonderful guy who deserves a chance as President. I’m all for giving people a chance, but Trump ran a hate-filled, racist, misogynistic campaign about attacking his enemies. Pence’s career has been one of hatred re toward anyone with whom he disagrees. These are not people who are interested in working with anyone else. So I’ll keep my eyes open about what they do, but I have no illusions about what they intend and what they are already doing. And I will not be bullied out of remembering their conduct.
“A broken clock is right twice a day”
Ellen IS right on the $$$$ — I have a gut feeling Joy Behar and her co-hosts will make like “Rhett Butler” at the end of that 1939 classic movie “Gone With The Wind”:
“FRANKLY MY DEAR, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN!”
Ellen is right. The View will not be overly upset.
Then, Bill can be offended on his own behalf.