Fox's Bill O'Reilly proves he's every bit as clueless as his buddy, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. During his "Talking Points Memo" this Friday, Bill-O took up for Trump and his lame attempt at "Hispanic outreach" that we discussed here the other day.
As Karoli noted there, Full Frontal's Samantha Bee probably had the best response to Trump:
The best taco bowls are made by immigrants who resent a rich prick calling them rapists. Love inauthentic Mexican! pic.twitter.com/9tEORJxoZp
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) May 5, 2016
PoliticusUSA's Hrafnkell Haraldsson summed up clueless O'Reilly's reaction perfectly:
Trump’s defenders have pretended a guileless response of “What’s so offensive about eating a taco bowl and saying you like Hispanics”? Murguia got called a “puta” and told to “Take your ILLEGAL Latinos and go back to the nearest Latino country.”
Bill O’Reilly is one of those pretending to be horrified by the storm of criticism in response to Trump’s tweet, saying Friday on The O’Reilly Factor [...]
What Trump said has nothing to do with saying you love the Irish. Trump hasn’t called on building a wall around Ireland, or deporting Irish-Americans, and he hasn’t called them “rapists” and “thugs.”
Obviously this whole brouhaha is about much more than Trump eating a taco. Trump doesn’t love Hispanics, not for tacos or taco bowls or for any other reason, as he has thoroughly and completely demonstrated with his proposed “Great Wall of Trump,” by calls for a Nazi-like round up of 11 million men, women, and children, and by calling them “thugs” and “rapists” and “killers.”
Sorry, but eating a taco bowl and saying you love Hispanics doesn’t compensate for that. Gallup showed last month that 77 percent of Hispanics have an unfavorable opinion of Trump (82 percent according to a CBS News Poll). Eating a taco bowl and saying he loves them, as Murguia said, isn’t going to cut it.
O’Reilly is right that America has become crazy, but the author of that craziness isn’t Murguia and other Trump opponents, but in thinking that eating a taco bowl and saying you love Hispanics makes up for all the terrible things Trump has said about them in the past.
Here's the full transcript of Bill-O's remarks for those who either can't or don't want to suffer through watching the video above: Presidential Campaign Already Crazy:
Yesterday, Cinco de Mayo, Donald Trump tweeted out a picture of himself eating tacos.
Above the picture he said that he loves Hispanics.
Almost immediately the president of the militant organization, La Raza, tweeted out, quote:
"[E]ating a taco or wearing a sombrero doesn't cut it w/ our community in 2016” . . . Trump is “clueless, offensive, and self-promoting."
So, eating a taco on Cinco de Mayo is now offensive?
That's like saying eating corned beef and cabbage on Saint Patrick’s Day and saying you love the Irish is offensive.
That's how insane American culture has become.
On a more serious note, Hillary Clinton had to be shocked when some Hispanic demonstrators in Southern California protested against her.
REPORTER VOICEOVER: “Other organizations joined together for the protest. They say Clinton has not supported a $15 national minimum wage and has been part of anti-immigration policies including, but not limited to, deporting undocumented children. They tell us that in other countries Clinton would be considered ’right wing.’”
Again, absolutely insane. Hillary Clinton certainly has no bias against Hispanic-Americans.
And then there is the political fallout from the Trump victory.
Former Presidents Bush the elder and Bush the younger, presidential candidate Mitt Romney and current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan all will not endorse Donald Trump - at least at this point.
In response, Trump said this:
TRUMP: “I learned yesterday that a couple don't want to endorse me. I say it doesn't matter. It makes no difference. I didn't have huge support in the primary and I blew everyone away."
On the other side, Bernie Sanders, who has no shot to defeat Hillary Clinton, will not pull out of the race as Ted Cruz and John Kasich did.
SCOTT PELLEY, CBS NEWS: “Do we have your word in this interview that you are not going to drop out before the Democratic Convention?"
SANDERS: “Absolutely. We have made that commitment. I’m going to be in it until the last vote is cast.”
Senator Sanders certainly has that right, but what's the point?
He has made his point over and over: Wall Street's rigged, billionaires control everything.
Nevertheless, Bernie soldiers on. The Clinton campaign cannot be pleased.
Finally, President Obama injected himself into the campaign this afternoon, taking shots at Mr. Trump.
Bolling and Rivera will analyze later on.
So it is indeed political madness in the USA.
And believe me it's going to get a lot worse.
And that's the memo.