WATCH: Bill O'Reilly pathetically tries to convince himself this will be close presidential election

Lying to yourself on national television is never pretty, but sometimes it must be done

Published June 22, 2016 12:15PM (EDT)

Bill O'Reilly (Credit: Fox News)
Bill O'Reilly (Credit: Fox News)

On The O'Reilly Factor Tuesday, host Bill O'Reilly attempted to argue that Hillary Clinton is in the fight of her life against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, saying that the "headache-inducing" race will be "fairly close" given Trump's popularity in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

But even he didn't see all that convinced by his own logic, especially after airing a clip of Clinton talking about the "3,500 lawsuits filed against [Trump] in the last 30 years -- a very large number of them filed by ordinary Americans, and small businesses, that worked for Trump and never got paid. Painters, waiters, plumbers -- people who needed the money and didn't get it. Not because he couldn't pay them, but because he could stiff them."

O'Reilly parried that blow by noting that Trump replied immediately on Instagram -- the social media platform of choice for all serious presidential candidates -- in which he said that Clinton's "only right about one thing: I understand debt and how to handle it. I made a fortune with debt, but debt for this country is a disaster."

The Fox News host added that Trump will likely "hammer" Clinton on economic issues, and even if he can't win the swing states he'll need to in order to win the general election, there's a chance that he can make inroads in Pennsylvania and win Florida, which is the very definition of grasping at straws.

Or would be, if O'Reilly also didn't insist that he doesn't think the GOP convention would have any effect on Trump's electability.

Watch the entire sad affair below via Fox News.

By Scott Eric Kaufman

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