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Bill O'Reilly warns GOP that the "white grievance" industry won't vote if Republicans don't nominate Trump

White male voters will, in effect, take their toys and go home if they don't get their way

Scott Eric Kaufman
April 5, 2016 6:04PM (UTC)

In his "Talking Points Memo" Monday night, Bill O'Reilly argued that Donald Trump's campaign is fueled by "white grievance," and that if the GOP fails to proffer Donald Trump as its candidate, the majority of those aggrieved white male voters will likely just stay home.

"Polls say that Donald Trump's rise is fueled largely by white men who are angry with both parties," O'Reilly began. "According to the Washington Post, Trump is favored by 50% of Republican voters who make less than $50,000 a year, most of them men. His support is largely coming from working-class white men who feel aggrieved."


He claimed that these people are genuinely aggrieved, unlike those in "the black grievance industry," who believe that "most problems in African-American precincts are caused by white people and historical oppression."

Those in what he never called "the white grievance industry" believe "illegal immigration hurts their job prospects and are angered by changing neighborhoods and social patterns. Their refrain is often, 'I want my country back,' and these voters are tired of seeing welfare doled out to people who are not motivated to succeed."

"Enter Donald Trump," whose nomination "is not a lock," but "the issue of white grievance is not going away, and Trump will maintain a loyal level of support. Many of his supporters are furious -- and if Mr. Trump does not get the nomination, the stay-home vote next November is likely to be substantial."


Watch the entire segment below via Fox News.

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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