Donald Trump returns to Fox News, confesses to Bill O'Reilly he's not "presidential"

O'Reilly was more than happy to participate in a meta-interview, asking whether questions were "unfair" or not

Scott Eric Kaufman
September 30, 2015 5:10PM (UTC)

On "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday evening, host Bill O'Reilly spoke with a slightly humbled Donald Trump, who was returning to Fox News for the first time since he launched his patently unsuccessful boycott of the network.

Instead of speaking directly about the issues, O'Reilly chose to ask Trump as series of questions about the fairness of certain questions in order to avoid offending the current GOP front-runner. (Fox News needs Donald Trump as much as he needs Fox News, after all.)


"Let me ask you a couple of questions, and if they're unfair, tell me they're unfair," O'Reilly said. "Is it fair to say that if you're going to win the Republican nomination, you're going to have to be a bit kinder and more mature?"

"I think it's fair," Trump replied, "though I don't think the word 'mature' is appropriate. But it's not going to be a question of 'nice.' I think I'm a 'nice' person. I help people, I love people -- but it's going to be a question of confidence, as Americans are sick of being pushed around by every country in the world."

O'Reilly played a clip of Trump calling Florida Senator Marco Rubio "a clown," then asked, "Would it be unfair to say to you, as I would if we were at a Yankee game, that calling Senator Rubio 'a clown' was not presidential?"


"I don't think so," Trump replied, before launching into an elaborate defense of his comments that amounted to him being "a counter-puncher" who only acts unpresidential when other people provoke him -- which, of course, would never happen were he to win the White House.

Watch the entire interview 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

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