Bill O’Reilly didn’t mince his words on Tuesday night’s The O’Reilly Factor when he said the growing movement on the left to abolish the electoral system was “all about race” and an attempt to wrest power from the prevailing “white establishment.”
O’Reilly made the controversy over the electoral college the focus of the “Talking Points Memo” section of the show and took Hillary Clinton supporters to task over their calls to have the system reformed after she won the popular vote by 2.8 million. O’Reilly argued if the current system was dismantled then candidates would only have to campaign in the bigger coastal cities to secure a majority and entirely overlook the Midwest and South.
This marginalization of large swathes of the country was racially motivated, O’Reilly argued. “Newspapers like the New York Times and the L.A. Times have editorialized to get rid of the Electoral College. They well know that neutralizing the largely white rural areas in the Midwest and South will assure liberal politicians get power and keep it.
“Talking Points believes this is all about race,” O’Reilly said.
He added in conclusion: “The left wants power taken away from the white establishment. They want a profound change in the way America is run. Taking voting power away from the white precincts is the quickest way to do that.”
Rather inevitably, O’Reilly’s candid and unvarnished analysis created a storm on social media and quickly became a trending topic after the show aired.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 21, 2016
That time Bill O’Reilly got his internal and external monologues confused https://t.co/CBy8wl4II1
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) December 21, 2016
Ahem. He’s been saying this for at least a decade. They may have made these graphics in 1996. https://t.co/DQUnG09AUm
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) December 21, 2016