Bill O'Reilly (Credit: Fox News)

Bill O'Reilly demands to know how Trump can help blacks and Latinos get jobs when they all "have tattoos on their foreheads"

"I hate to be generalized about it," O'Reilly said, before generalizing that "it's true"


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 12, 2016 3:53PM (UTC)

Donald Trump appeared on The O'Reilly Factor Monday evening to dispute, among other things, the claim that he is running a racist campaign. However, it was host Bill O'Reilly whose statements about his fellow Americans were shocking.

Trump scoffed at Tavis Smiley's characterization of him as a "racial arsonist," saying that "I don't think that's the perception at all -- I think we'll do fantastic with African Americans and Hispanics, because I'm going to bring jobs back to the country. There is a 59% unemployment rate among African American youth!"

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O'Reilly replied by asking how he's going to lower the unemployment rates in those communities in the most insensitive way possible. "How are you going to get jobs for them?" he asked. "Many of them are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads, and I hate to be generalized about it -- but it’s true. If you look at all the educational statistics, how are you going to give jobs to people who aren’t qualified for jobs?"

Trump declared that not only is his administration "going to bring jobs back, we're going have Apple computers made in this country."

"But you need skills to make Apple computers," O'Reilly shot back.

"We will get the skills," Trump replied. "We will develop the skills. We have an incredible population, and they don't have jobs."

Watch the entire exchange 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 skaufman@salon.com.

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