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“The First” host Bill O’Reilly punched back at the Biden administration and left-wing Democrats over their claims that ‘white supremacy’ is widespread during a segment of his streaming program Thursday.
Citing federal and state data, O’Reilly, formerly the prime-time star at Fox News, pointed out that prosecutions of cases involving alleged white supremacists over the past two years barely registered.
“Where is all the white supremacy stuff?” O’Reilly asked, adding that there are “no visible signs” of the problem around most of the country except for “a few kooks” who post hate online.
“But is it a pervasive problem?” he continued, going on to point out that President Joe Biden said last week during a CNN town hall that white supremacy is so bad he will direct the Justice Department’s Office of Civil Rights to crack down on it.
O’Reilly then cited Justice Department for 2019 and 2020 showing that just five cases were brought in each of those years against a total of 89 alleged white supremacists.
Meanwhile, state prosecutions of white supremacists were even fewer; just five in 2019 and three in 2020 involving a total of 17 people.
Altogether, that means over the past two years, just 106 white supremacists have been charged, O’Reilly noted.
“Now, those are the facts. You can’t alter them, you can’t spin them,” O’Reilly said, going on to note that the problem is minuscule — and nothing nearly as serious as it’s being portrayed by the administration and allied Democrats.
At the same time, the host noted that “thousands” of left-wing Antifa and BLM members have been arrested and prosecuted just last year alone.
Still, Biden hyped the issue during his CNN town hall in response to a question from an audience member as to what he plans to do about it.
“I got involved in politics to begin with because of civil rights and opposition to white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan. And the most dangerous people in America continue to exist. That is the greatest threat to terror in America: domestic terror,” Biden said.
“And so I would make sure that my Justice Department and the Civil Rights Division is focused heavily on those very folks. And I would make sure that we, in fact, focus on how to deal with the rise of white supremacy,” the president added.
For his part, O’Reilly went on to explain why the false narrative is being pushed: It’s all political.
“The far-left progressive movement — and that includes the media, which enables it — they were successful with the white privilege stuff,” he said.
“So then they said, you know, that white privilege thing worked so well, let’s bump it up to white supremacy and therefore we can bring in the founding fathers who forged the Constitution because they were all white supremacists” O’Reilly continued, explaining that the objective is to demonize our founding principles as inherently racist.
“And we can put in its place socialism, maybe Communism. We can put in its place equity — favorable treatment for marginalized groups,” he added.