Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is either a master at trolling us, or didn’t have time to pick up a history book.
On Monday night during Michelle Obama’s moving DNC speech, she referenced her emotional reaction from watching her children live and play in a home that was built by slaves — a powerful moment that brought many watching to tears.
“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” Mrs. Obama said in her keynote address. “I watch my daughters — two beautiful, intelligent, black young women — playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”
On Tuesday, O’Reilly responded during his show, The O’Reilly Factor, playing the role of fact-checker to “school” us on what really went down.
“Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802. However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well. Got it all? There will be a quiz,” the political commentator said.
When did he get his PhD in African-American Studies? Also, according to the 66-year-old journalist, there were no “illegal immigrants” living in the U.S. at that time and, “In addition, free blacks, whites and immigrants also worked on the massive building.”
Twitter was not amused and went for the jugular in their responses:
This is just another example of glaring ignorance, bigotry, and mansplaining. A true journalist’s responsibility is to uncover the facts, not disseminate a watered-down narrative of an inconvenient truth.
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