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Bill O'Reilly: New House Speaker needs to "imitate Trump" and bring more "indignity" to Washington DC

The GOP front-runner "has mastered the art of outrage," a skill the new Speaker would do well to emulate


Scott Eric Kaufman
September 29, 2015 4:48PM (UTC)

During the "Talking Points Commentary" segment of "The O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly diagnosed the problem with outgoing House Speaker John Boehner -- he was insufficiently Trumpian in his outrage, saving his emotional outbursts for papal visits and talking about his upbringing.

He began by noting that many conservatives opposed Boehner because he was "a wimp" who "represented the old guard, was not a reformer, and preferred to stay inside the House."

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"He never appeared with me on 'The Factor,'" O'Reilly said, "despite numerous invitations."

He added that Boehner would have been an acceptable Speaker "in a calmer time...but this is not a calm time. Traditional Americans are watching America evaporate before their eyes."

All of this "chaos," O'Reilly argued, is why Donald Trump is leading in the Republican polls, and conservatives were "angered that John Boehner never showed much emotion about policy -- that he saved that for when the pope visit or when he talked about his upbringing."

"Where was your outrage," he asked, "when 177 Democrats in the House basically voted for infanticide? Boehner rarely brought indignity to the table, and he didn't seem that bothered by the direction of the country."

"It is the job of Republican leadership," the self-described "independent" host said, "to persuade Americans to do the right thing. Sometimes that means pounding the table and perhaps imitating Trump, who has mastered the art of outrage."

Watch the entire segment below via Fox News.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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