Bill O'Reilly Shows His Hand with 'White Establishment' Rant
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly's latest "Talking Points Memo" on abolishing the Electoral College didn't go quite as planned... or did it?
"After Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, the left is demanding that the Electoral College system be scrapped," O'Reilly began.
“'Talking Points' believes this is all about race," he concluded of the party that “wants power taken away from the white establishment.”
Being that O'Reilly is so often wrong, it's nice to see him get something right, even if it's totally accidental. Electing Trump wasn't about "choosing an outsider" or "draining the swamp"—after all, the swamp is 80 percent white and male. It was about white supremacy.
While O'Reilly admitted that “Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 million,” he claims the “hidden reason” behind the left's urgency to abolish the Electoral College is to disenfranchise white working-class men.
“Neutralizing the largely white rural areas in the Midwest and South will assure liberal politicians get power and keep it,” O’Reilly said.
Therefore, according to O'Reilly, focusing on “large urban areas and blue states” where “minorities are substantial" would allow the Democrats to win every time.
“The left sees white privilege in America as an oppressive force that must be done away with,” he added. “Therefore, white working-class voters must be marginalized."
O’Reilly fails to examine why the poorest Americans predominantly voted for Hillary Clinton, and the richest for Donald Trump. But his Electoral College rant was actually almost 10 years in the making. Despite having frequently denied the existence of white privilege, O'Reilly asserted the following in a 2007 interview with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ):
"[The New York Times and the far-left] want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure, which you’re a part of, and so am I, and they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have."
“[Race] permeates almost every issue: that white men have set up a system of oppression; that system must be destroyed. The left wants power taken away from the white establishment. They want a profound change in the way America is run," he concluded.
While the segment was met with mixed reviews, perhaps the best response came from Brittany Packnett, Campaign Zero cofounder and Teach For America VP: