Donald Trump may have been a guest on the O’Reilly Factor Monday night, but it was host Bill O’Reilly who brought out the racial prejudice when the conversation led to a discussion on African-American voters.
“There’s a perception in the African-American precincts that you’re a racial guy, you don’t like them,” begins O’Reilly in a question directed to Trump. “Is there a strategy that you have or your staff has to negate that?”
“Well, I don’t think it is the perception, Bill,” Trump begins before going into his standard “tremendous” support affirmations.
O’Reilly asks Trump, “What’s your message to them then?”
“My message is, I’m going to bring jobs back, Bill,” Trump responds.
And this is where O’Reilly really begins his descent.
“But what about the grievance industry,” he asks, “run by your friend Al Sharpton, where not only do you have to bring prosperity to all Americans, not just blacks, but we owe them, we owe African Americans because of the historical atrocities that they’ve had to live through, their families, their ancestors, how are you going to deal with that?”
Trump once again responds on job-creation message, which is problematic for O’Reilly. “But how are you going to get jobs for them,” he says, “many of them are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads, and you know, how are you gonna—and I hate to be generalized about it, but it’s true, if you look at all the educational statistics, how are you gonna give jobs to people who aren’t qualified for jobs?”
Trump resurrects his bringing-Apple-production-back-to-the-U.S.-as-employment panacea line, but O’Reilly pushes back with his “generalized” line of logic.
“But you have to have skills to make Apple computers, and the educational systems in…”
We’ll never know what was at the end of that thought, because O’Reilly pauses to take in Trump’s response, in which Trump promises to “get the skills because we have an incredible population.”
But O’Reilly knows better. He has direct experience from when he drives to baseball games:
But it’s more challenging in the African-American—look. When we drive up to Yankee stadium we go through Harlem, alright? It’s more challenging for a poor child in Harlem without parental guidance, in a school that’s falling apart, than it is for some white kid out in Garden City. And you say you can bring the jobs back, but if the kid isn’t qualified to do the job and can’t do the work, I mean you got to get into the infrastructure of the African-American community. You have any plan to do that?
We’ll end with just a touch of Twitter reaction:
Nothing good ever follows when one white man, like Bill O’Reilly, says to a white man, like Trump, “Let’s talk about the minorities.”
— Touré (@Toure) April 12, 2016
— Michele Norris (@michele_norris) April 12, 2016
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 12, 2016
“O’Reilly: Many African-Americans ‘are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads'”
— Slade Sohmer (@Slade) April 12, 2016
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