Ex Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly issued a statement Wednesday, saying President Trump condemned both sides in the attack that happened in Charlottesville, Virginia because he saw it was a “fair payback” for all the attacks he received from the “activist left” trying to destroy him.
Trump “knows that Nazi sympathizers are bad people,” exploited this chance to push back on critics and “score points with his supporters,” O’Reilly wrote in an article for The Hill.
“So the president events by attacking ‘fake news’ and highlighting the sins of the left every chance he gets,” he said.
“For him, this is fair payback for what he has endured,” he continued. “He sees his opponents as dishonest, deserving of constant disparagement. That’s what is happening in the Charlottesville situation.”
Tuesday President Trump issued a statement from the Trump Tower, talking about the Charlottesville attack in which one woman died and other 19 victims were injured.
“Do they have any semblance of guilt?” Trump stated, talking about the “alt-left” counter-protesters in Charlottesville.
“The organized left, however, has a huge microphone and is causing the president major trouble. Also, he knows his supporters despise that crew and believes every time he attacks the left, he scores points with his base,” stated O’Reilly indicating that he understands Trump’s decision because the left is using the media to undermine him.
He also claimed Trump was actually telling the truth when he said that some “alt-left” counter-protesters were there to clash with the white nationalists.
“The truth is that white supremacists showed up in Charlottesville hoping for the violence that occurred. But it is also true that some radical leftist counter protesters wanted the same thing, knowing they would likely get a press pass for their violent actions,” he wrote.
“And that’s exactly what happened,” O’Reilly stated. “For the Trump-hating left it worked out great. They confronted and exposed the vile Nazis, while also managing to bait the president into a controversy that has hurt him.”
O’Reilly pointed out that there will be many more opportunities to expose the violent “alt-left.”
“There will be time to expose the hard-left fanatics down the road. It’s all about picking your spots. It’s all about an effective wartime strategy,” O’Reilly said.
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