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Monday, October 24, 2016

Powell To O’Reilly: ‘Why Do You Only See Me As An African-American?’ [VIDEO]

During a Tuesday night interview on The O’Reilly Factor, former Secretary of State Colin Powell challenged Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly for a remark that Powell viewed as racially insensitive.

“Here’s what perplexes me,” O’Reilly said, responding to Powell’s statement that he did not agree with the Republican Party’s economic policies. “President Obama’s economic plan hasn’t worked among African-Americans…so you basically said to yourself, ‘I’m still going to support the guy, even though his economic policies haven’t worked for African-Americans, and pretty much anyone else.'”

“Why do you only see me as an African-American, Bill?” Powell shot back. “That troubles me. I’m an American.”

Watch the entire interview below:

Throughout the wide-ranging interview, O’Reilly pushed Powell on a number of topics, including Powell’s assertion that there is a “dark vein of intolerance” in the GOP.

“You have to understand the impact this has on minorities throughout our country; and if you want to appeal to these people, if you want to bring them to the Republican Party and give them a reason to vote Republican, you have to avoid this kind of language which can infuriate people,” Powell told O’Reilly.

At the end of the interview, O’Reilly asked Powell if he’s angry with Republicans because they “made you look bad” after his work making the case for the Iraq war.

“That’s a bunch of nonsense,” Powell replied dismissively.

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  • Colin Powell could kick the living s$#% out of Bill O’Reilly

    • I wish he would.

    • drzaius

      I’d pay ten bucks to watch that on pay per view.

    • and I wish he would kick his azzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

  • doninsd

    O’Reilly, like Limbaugh, is not a conservative, nor a journalist; merely a bigoted, bloviating sh*t disturber who can make $$ by displaying his bigotry and lack of reasoning ability.He falls into the same category as Honey Boo Boo, Duck Cynasty, and The Kardashians.

    • RobertCHastings

      Unfortunately, a lot of people love the Bloviator in Chief. And Limbaugh is such a hypocrite – he wants people to view him as a common man, while he smokes his hundred dollar cigars and drinks his $2,500 bottles of wine and gets high on his Oxycontin, while he rails against the evils and weakness of addiction. To put these two in the same category as Honey Booboo, Duck Dynasty, etc. is an insult to good old redneckism.

  • dtgraham

    There’s nobody like O’Reilly. He’s a living dichotomy in that I’ve never seen any one on TV whose actual substance and partiality differ so wildly from the image that he tries to portray. He speaks so slowly, deliberately, and authoritatively. You would think that his words must have been carried down from Mount Sinai by Moses. He sounds impressive.

    However, when you listen closely to what he just said and give it a little thought, it becomes clear to you that you just listened to Rachel Maddow’s Bullpuckey. It starts to become apparent that so many of his facts, figures, stats, and general info are simply wrong. I think at least half of what comes out of his mouth is crap. Further, he always wants to be seen as an independent who weighs all sides yet, strangely, he never takes any other side but the Republican one in the final analysis.

    This is the number one guy in cable news. You wonder why so many people are screwed up. Don’t wonder.

  • drzaius

    Powell was being nice. “African-American” isn’t the word that O’Reilly has running through his brain when he sees a person of color.

  • O’Reilly thinks, by being a pushy, opinionated loud-mouth, trying to bully his guests to toe his narrow-minded way of looking at issues makes him a journalist. He even entertains the idea that he is fair and balanced; how much more delusional can one get?

  • O’Reilly mentioned the rising unemployment among African-Americans because most of Powell’s comments in the interview were in reference to minority concerns. It was relevant to the conversation. It was disingenuous for Powell to suddenly turn the table and act surprised when O’Reilly mentioned the unemployment figures. It’s obvious that Powell supports Obama primarily because of his race because Obama does not represent anything conservative as Powell claims to be. Also, it’s obvious from the comments on this site that most of these folks have never watched an episode of “The O’Reilly Factor.” There can never be an honest conversation about racial concerns in this country because anything that is not in lock-step with the far left is labeled as racist. When liberals cannot win an argument on facts, the name calling begins.

    • progressiveandproud

      I have watched O’Reilly at different times, and I find him loud, rude, arrogant, and often a reliable source of misinformation.

      Watching him or FOX in general is fine for old men who enjoy seeing faux emotions and lots of young leg.

    • Michelle Hackler

      There can never be a decent conversion in this country because the Republicans base their arguments on lies, fabrications, false logic, imaginary historical facts, and fake science.

    • dtgraham

      Would that be the same O’Reilly who expressed astonishment that the African American restaurant he once claimed to visit wasn’t ringing with expletives and curse words all night? You know, because the customers and owners were predominantly African American. He actually said that he was surprised by that and this was apparently his attempt at a backhanded compliment. Same O’Reilly?

      I think, actually, the reason that there aren’t a lot of heavy “Factor” viewers here is basically because Bill O’Reilly is an out of control, raging, racist, liar. That’s pretty much why.

  • O’Reilly is a piece of shittttzzzzzzzzzzzz…creep

  • Let me get this straight… REPUBLICANS should not use the word AFRICAN AMERICAN to appeal to African Americans? Just 2 months ago Powell admitted he voted for Obama because he was black… and democrats use the words African Americans all the time for politicial purpose.

  • azbuckeye

    First Powell criticizes O’Reilly for seeing him “only” as an African American, and then Powell himself refers to minorities — “these people” — as blocs that must be appealed to in certain ways. Reps have a big tent that includes lots of diverse opinions, but Powell’s opinion is not so much diverse as childish.

  • The real racists in America are blacks who want to be given everything and to be considered better than everyone else when 80% of them are worthless welfare riders.

    • And there you go, proof of the way many whites ACTUALLY feel about blacks, while proclaiming they are not racist. “I’m not racist, the lazy worthless welfare riders are the racist ones”. How can anyone look at that statement and take it seriously, especially the author?

  • Lobbyists for Monsanto and others in the biotech industry have snuck a “poison bill” into a huge spending bill. Regrettably, the larger bill has been approved by Congress. Only the president of the United States can stop it from becoming law.
    Section 735, the Monsanto Protection Act, is a small provision snuck into a 841 page “appropriations bill for the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and other departments and agencies for the fiscal year 2013”.
    This sneaky provision strips judges of their constitutional mandate to protect
    American’s health and the environment.

  • You know what gets me? I really want to respect and admire Colin Powell.
    I really do ! But, for the life of me, I can’t understand why he continues to
    belong to and support a party that he is obviously at odds with. I’m baffled.
    OK, he doesn’t have to be a Democrat. He could be an independent. But why does
    he insist on remaining in a bad marriage that clearly is not working for him?
    For the sake of the children ?

  • bestofandy

    Crap like that makes Bill’s show successful. Bill makes inflammatory remarks for a reason. $$$$$.

  • johnmoszyk

    Glad Colin Powell supports Gay Rights.