If you are unfamiliar with Fox News blowhard Bill O’Reilly, he tends to say some of the most outrageous (and often racist) remarks on his program, The O’Reilly Factor. On Tuesday night (July 26), the 66-year-old political pundit took it to a new low by suggesting that slavery was like a vacation for enslaved Africans.
At the end of his show, O’Reilly wanted to address Michelle Obama’s widely publicized speech, specifically, the quote about the White House being built by African-American slaves.
“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. I watch my daughters — two beautiful, intelligent, black young women — playing with their dogs on the White House lawn,” she stated.
O’Reilly, who is a historian and has written books about former presidents Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln, decided to fact check Michelle’s speech. While he admitted that the First Lady was correct that slaves did built the White House, he pointed out that they were “well-fed and had decent lodging.”
“Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well,” O’Reilly continued.
So by O’Reilly’s logic, slavery was a dream job that had stellar workers’ comp like free lunch and bedtime accommodations. WTF?
Of course, Twitter gloriously dragged Bill O’Reilly in a blaze of fury. Check out the reactions below.
I will provide decent lodging and food to Bill O'Reilly if he becomes my slave. Need a shed built. https://t.co/udmtJKbhse
— rabia chaudry (@rabiasquared) July 27, 2016
Next he’ll be asking “what about slave on slave violence?” https://t.co/QdF8JS6Hch
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) July 27, 2016
Dear Bill O'Reilly…Maybe now you'll get why people are having a hard time with your description of the slaves 'accommodations'.
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) July 27, 2016
— Carl Dix (@Carl_Dix) July 27, 2016
@AkilahObviously Bill O'Reilly echoes the racism that existed in the enslaved south and the racism that exists there today
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) July 27, 2016
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) July 27, 2016
Bill O'Reilly. Driveling moron. Enough said. pic.twitter.com/yVAukBTozu
— Aretha C. Smith (@acthewriter) July 27, 2016
@HuffingtonPost Bill O’Reilly is possibly the worst human being to ever have his own TV show he is a complete and utter unadulterated Cunt
— Angry Scotsman (@Angryscotsman1) July 27, 2016
Me, listening to Bill O'Reilly say slaves that built the Whitehouse were "well fed": pic.twitter.com/2mt8JjIHrj
— MJ⛳️ (@MJGWrites) July 27, 2016
— Sam Levine (@Sam_Levine) July 27, 2016
Did Bill O'Reilly really just say while slaves were building the White House they were fed well? Does that make it OK? SMDH
— ✯vandy73✯ (@vandy73) July 27, 2016