Bill O'Reillyl, Donald Trump (Credit: Fox News)

WATCH: O'Reilly tries — and fails, spectacularly — to get Trump to address how he will appeal to female voters

Trump said he's "doing great with women," although he had no evidence to back that up, whereas O'Reilly had polls


Scott Eric Kaufman
June 30, 2016 5:27PM (UTC)

On "The O'Reilly Factor" Wednesday evening, host Bill O'Reilly spoke to presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about comments his likely Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, made at a campaign stop in Los Angeles earlier that day.

"You may not vote for me, Trump supporters," she began. "I get that -- you really are upset about immigration, trade, or feeling that the jobs you had that gave you a good living are gone. I'm very sympathetic to that."

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"But," Clinton added, "I'm not sympathetic to the xenophobia, to the misogyny, the homophobia, the Islamophobia, and all of the other dog-whistles Trump uses to create that fervor among a lot of his supporters."

Trump replied that she "listed all of those phobias, but no one even knows what she's talking about. Why doesn't she just say it like it is? It's ridiculous."

It's unclear why Trump found Clinton's list of specific complaints about his campaign rhetoric so befuddling, but he clearly did. "Nobody knows what she's talking about," he continued, "and you tell me, 'she's presidential'? 'She's presidential' sitting there saying those things? I don't think so."

O'Reilly noted that in the new Fox News polls, Clinton is up on Trump among likely female voters by 19 points. "It would seem that you're going to have to tailor your message a little bit more to women voters. Are you willing to do that?"

Trump said that he didn't need to, as he's already "doing great with women." He claimed that the "packed, absolutely packed" arenas he's played to are almost "half, if not more than that, it seems are women. They have signs up, 'Women for Trump,' 'We Love You Donald,' all of this stuff."

O'Reilly noted that the polls are the polls, irrespective of who attends his rallies, and that he was simply curious about how Trump would tailor his message to female voters if he chose to do so.

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Trump replied with the same laundry list of complaints aimed to appeal to aggrieved white males -- border security, beefing up the military, working class job growth, etc. -- apparently unaware that female voters could, potentially, have a different set of concerns.

Watch the entire interview 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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