Bill O'Reilly blasts "nonsense" Iowa results because "very formidable" Donald Trump didn't win

The democratic process ain't what she used to be -- especially when your preferred candidates don't win

By Scott Eric Kaufman
February 3, 2016 6:16PM (UTC)
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Bill O'Reilly (Credit: Fox News)

On "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday evening, host Bill O'Reilly bemoaned the "nonsense" that is made over the results of the Iowa caucuses, in large part because his preferred candidate, Donald Trump, came in a distant second.

However, "all those who say [Trump] has been damaged by his loss in Iowa are full of it. It's clear that in Iowa, religious voters preferred the religious conservative Ted Cruz," and O'Reilly acknowledged that "Trump made some serious mistakes campaigning in Iowa, but he is very strong in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada," the next three primary states.


"The media," he continued, "despises Trump and will paint him as a loser if they can but here on the Factor we're fair, and the truth is Trump remains very formidable." He then cast aspersions on Rubio, saying that "his campaign is now very competitive and should remain so -- unless there's something about the senator the folks don't know."

As for the Democratic side, O'Reilly said it "is astounding that anyone could actually believe Bernie Sanders will defeat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination," because "minority voters support Hillary Clinton 'big time.'"

Watch the entire Talking Points Memo below via Fox News.


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