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WATCH: Bill O'Reilly begs Hillary Clinton to attend Fox debate and "stick up for capitalism" against Bernie Sanders

She might even win over some Fox News viewers if she proves she's not "an ardent leftist," he speculated, wrongly


Scott Eric Kaufman
May 25, 2016 3:46PM (UTC)

During the "Talking Points Memo" segment on The O'Reilly Factor Tuesday evening, host Bill O'Reilly excoriated American "layabouts" who would have trouble "coming up with the money to cover a $1,000 emergency expense."

"Seventy-five percent of Americans earning less than $50,000 a year say they would have trouble with that," he began. "Sixty-seven percent of those making between $50,000 and $100,000 a year say the same thing; and even 38% of households making more than $100,000 a year say they'd have difficulty coming up with the thousand bucks. That's just stunning!"

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O'Reilly chalked up these "stunning" statistics to the fact that Americans are no longer "frugal" and "want immediate gratification." Most Americans, he said, "want 'stuff,' especially younger Americans, and many of them feel they are entitled and should be provided with everything they desire."

However, the 35 percent of Americans with a positive view of socialism "have no idea what that system means," or "that it would lead to disaster here in America. I don't want Bernie Sanders or anyone else taking more than half of my earnings to use for dubious social experiments or handouts to those who are not in need, who are layabouts."

To that end, he begged likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to debate Sanders, because such a debate "on Fox News would give Secretary Clinton a major opportunity to smash that theory -- to stick up for capitalism and perhaps persuade some voters she is not an ardent leftist.

Watch the entire segment above 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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