In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bill O’Reilly crushed an interviewer who asked if President Trump was pandering to white supremacists. He also revealed when he would return to television. He started by admitting Trump’s possible mistakes after Charlottesville that led to these accusations.
“You can never under any circumstances equate Nazis with anyone else. It’s a very simple thing, OK?” explained O’Reilly. “Now, if you want to make a point the next day that the Antifa movement is destructive, you can do that, but it has to be the next day,” he said.
He was asked why he didn’t immediately condemn White Supremacists like the media wanted him to. “He acts and he speaks emotionally, OK? Always, and that’s why he got elected. People rallied to that because they’re tired of the automaton politicians,” said O’Reilly.
“He wasn’t thinking about Nazis and what they did in World War II and the Holocaust. He was thinking, ‘I saw on television bad people, Nazis, neo-Nazis, but I also saw Antifa people bring weapons to the park and look for trouble.’ He saw it, so he said it without stepping back and saying, ‘You know what? I got to put perspective in play here. I’m the president.’ So he didn’t do that. And that’s why he got hammered,” said O’Reilly.
“But there is an interpretation that he said those things because he does not want to alienate his white nationalist supporters,” said the interviewer. “No, no, no, no. It’s not his style. He doesn’t think that way. What he thinks about is, who’s attacking me unfairly? Who’s giving me a hard time?” said O’Reilly. Check out the full interview here.