It’s business as usual over at Fox “News.” Despite the fact that Republicans have control of the White House, the Senate and the House, the Right is still as petty as ever. When Fox host Bill O’Reilly appeared on Fox & Friends, he was asked to watch a video of California Rep. Maxine Waters giving a powerful speech on the House floor on Monday. During the speech, Waters remarked that Donald Trump supporters aren’t really patriotic, they just say they are.
In the speech, Waters said: “We stand up for America often times when others who think they are more patriotic, who say they are more patriotic, do not. When we fight against this president, and we point out how dangerous he is for this society and for this country, we’re fighting for the democracy. We’re fighting for America.”
When the show co-hosts asked O’Reilly what he thought of Congresswoman Waters’ speech, his answer was disgusting as they come. “I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig,” O’Reilly replied. “If we have a picture of James Brown, it’s the same one.”
Seriously? He couldn’t listen to the esteemed congresswoman, not because of her views, but because of her hair?
Can you imagine O’Reilly’s outrage were Waters to make the same kind of comment about his white male BFF and president, the hair-befuddled Donald Trump?
If O’Reilly’s comments weren’t bad enough, co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy laughed along with their colleague, like two racist junior high students.
“And [Brown] is not using it anymore. They just—they finally buried him,” Kilmeade added.
Female co-host Ainsley Earnhardt fought hard to get in a word over the cackles of her male counterparts, and finally said “I have to defend her on that. You can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive.”
“I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive,” O’Reilly responded. “I love James Brown! But it’s the same hair that
James Brown, the godfather of soul, had. Whatever it is, I just couldn’t get past it.”
Of course, before the segment ended, O’Reilly looked again to the camera and said “I love you, Maxine, I want to see you on the Factor, and when hell freezes over I’m sure that will happen.”
Ted Koppel was right when he told Fox host Sean Hannity that he was bad for America. But it’s not just Hannity who is detrimental to our country; the entire Fox News cable network and all of its racism and mysogyny is bad for America.
Watch O’Reilly’s response:
O’Reilly later apologized after a backlash, saying his comments were ‘dumb.’
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