The Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist, says ousted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly acted as a “spokesman” for “white nationalism” during his more than 20 years on the cable outlet.
During a discussion with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Sharpton, who also has a weekly program on the liberal news outlet, talked about his past experiences with O’Reilly and President Donald Trump.
Hayes reminded Sharpton of a moment in 2013 when O’Reilly referred to him as a “race hustler.”
“Talking Points believes the day of the race hustlers is coming to an end,” the former Fox host said at the time. “This ‘we’ and ‘them’ business gets the country nowhere. Fair-minded Americans well understand there are severe problems in the black community that have to be solved.”
Hayes then asked Sharpton if he believed O’Reilly was a “race hustler.”
The reverend said he didn’t want to get into name-calling but asserted that the former broadcaster “certainly promoted a very clear and in-no-way-nuanced white nationalism, and saying he said the white establishment, like he was a spokesman for it.”
Sharpton was referring to election night 2012, when O’Reilly claimed that “white establishment is now the minority.”
“And whereby 20 years ago President Obama would have been roundly defeated by an establishment candidate like Mitt Romney,” O’Reilly explained at the time. “The white establishment is now the minority. And the voters, many of them, feel that this economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff.”
Sharpton said that comment was “in its own essence race-based and he, I think, really felt that way in all that he expressed.”
Source: The Blaze | Tré Goins-Phillips