Bill O’Reilly suggested that Donald Trump got his John McCain smear from a Chris Rock comedy routine. Only O’Reilly was not kidding. And neither was Trump.
It’s true Rock mocked McCain’s image of a war hero for having been captured. In his 2008 stand-up routine in which Rock was openly supporting President Obama, he said, “There’s a lot of guys in jail that got captured. I don’t want to vote for nobody that got captured. I want to vote for the mother***** that got away!”
O’Reilly played the clip from Rock which you can watch below. “Rock didn’t take any heat for that,” O’Reilly said. “But I think subliminally, I think that’s what that was all about.”
Guest Brit Hume added, “Something similar was said by Al Franken back in the day.” Belittling McCain because he was captured “has been around for a while,” Hume continued, “and has not always emanated from the mouths of people you would like to be president of the United States.”
“Or you have any respect for at all,” O’Reilly chimed in.
But that’s the whole point, isn’t it? Rock is a comedian, not somebody running for president and not even a serious pundit. Trump, on the other hand, is supposed to be on the same side as McCain and, as a presidential candidate for the GOP, acting like a colleague, not a Democratic comedian excited by the prospect of the first African American president.
Watch the ridiculous comparison above, from the July 20 The O'Reilly Factor.
And here's more of the Chris Rock routine they were discussing (warning, not safe for work.)
Crossposted at News Hounds.
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