Bill O'Reilly Responds to Michelle Obama's Speech: Slaves Who Built White House Were "Well-Fed"

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"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," she said in her speech. "And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."

Bill O'Reilly says the slaves who helped build the White House "were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government."

The Fox News commentator was responding to first lady Michelle Obama's remarks in her speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, when she praised social progress in the United States.

"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," she said. "And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."

O'Reilly said on his show Tuesday that "records show about 400 payments made to slave masters between 1795 and 1801. In addition, free blacks, whites, and immigrants also worked on the massive building.”

“Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802," he continued. "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.”

O'Reilly's comments have drawn criticism on social media. Watch them in the video below.

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