Uhhh, Bill O'Reilly is a little slow these days. I realize BillO is cut from the same cloth as his hero Donald Drumpf, but even for him this is weird.
First, we begin with the "oh, he just made racist statements but that doesn't mean he's a racist" nonsense from Rep. Bill Flores, who is a Republican desperate to lose his soul in order to save his seat.
"I don't believe Donald Trump is a racist but he has made statements that can be interpreted as racist. And we don't need that today, we want him to talk about a vision. "
Well, hell! Drumpf has talked about a vision. He has a vision of a big, tall wal built along our Southern border with a few gates along the way to frogmarch immigrants back to Mexico while slamming the door shut on the few brave souls who would still want to come here under a fascist regime.
That's the vision, Rep. Flores?
But in the World According to BillO, there is only One True Racist, and that One True Racist is David Duke, thankyouverymuch Rep. Flores, and how DARE YOU suggest otherwise?
"You don't use the "R word" unless you are David Duke," BillO scolded, "Unless you have got a history of trying to denigrate minorities or other people."
I'm just going to leave this Snopes link right here for BillO. But in case he's too lazy to click it, here's a snippet:
However, Trump was accused of racism long before he announced that he was running for president. According to the New York Times, one of Trump's first newspaper appearances was in 1973, when the Trump Management Corporation was sued by the Department of Justice and charged for violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968:
“The government contended that Trump Management had refused to rent or negotiate rentals ‘because of race and color,’ ” The Times reported. “It also charged that the company had required different rental terms and conditions because of race and that it had misrepresented to blacks that apartments were not available.”
Trump was also accused of racism in 1989, when he took out full page ads calling for the return of the death penalty in several New York City newspapers. The ads were published a few weeks after a 28-year-old woman was raped while jogging in Central Park. Five men were arrested for the attack:
“They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes. I want to hate these murderers and I always will.”
Dare we note those gentlemen were innocent of said rape, but that didn't matter, because they were black, so they must have done it, right?
Let's see...1973 to 2016. That's how long, again? Oh, right. 43 years. Seems like a long enough history to me.