On Wednesday, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly asserted that President Donald Trump was right to criticize both the “alt-right” and “alt-left” in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. He further added that the media’s coverage of the incident was an attempt to harm the president.
In an article written for The Hill, O’Reilly argued that Trump made the error of incorporating “different opinions into a story where only one point of view is tolerated by the media: Nazi thugs are totally responsible for everything that happened in Charlottesville. Period. If you dissent then you are a Nazi sympathizer.”
O’Reilly also noted that Trump addressed his comments at his supports and the media which has been consumed by the topic of white supremacists recently.
“To understand why the president is elongating the controversy,” O’Reilly continued, “you have to realize the depth of his resentment towards the activist left. From the beginning of his foray into politics, the hard left has demonized him in vicious ways. Entire news organizations are working to destroy him.” He noted that Trump and his supporters are “very, very angry” about the media’s portrayal of the administration.
He also added:
“So the president vents by attacking ‘fake news’ and highlighting the sins of the left every chance he gets. For him, this is fair payback for what he has endured. He sees his opponents as dishonest, deserving of constant disparagement.
That’s what is happening in the Charlottesville situation. Mr. Trump knows that Nazi sympathizers are bad people but to him they are few in number and have little significance.”
At the end of the article, O’Reilly warned that the current political of the United States is leading to a civil war.
“In America there is, indeed, a civil war underway,” he said. “And the president along with his supporters will lose that war unless they fight it smarter. Anytime Nazis are involved you condemn them and walk away. That’s all. There will be time to expose the hard left fanatics down the road. It’s all about picking your spots. It’s all about an effective wartime strategy.”
First reported by The Blaze.