No, Donald Trump, there are no monsters under your bed, the boogeyman isn’t in your closet, and “a lot of” the Syrian refugees fleeing unimaginable cruelty are not part of the so-called Islamic State, as you contend.
Even Bill O’Reilly thinks you’re wrong on that last point.
In a segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” Wednesday night, O’Reilly and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee discussed terrorism and how it might impact the rest of the presidential race.
O’Reilly pressed Trump for a specific plan on how he would combat ISIS (Trump said he has plenty of specifics, but wouldn’t share them on TV, because neither did General Patton). Then he encouraged Trump to become a “terror warrior” — and not just any terror warrior, a “real terror warrior” — before transitioning to Hillary Clinton and ISIS.
It’s clear the two don’t see eye to eye there.
Where Trump asserted Clinton has “done nothing about ISIS” and “they’ve gotten stronger,” O’Reilly actually corrected the record: “Well, they haven’t gotten stronger … they’re losing territory.”
O’Reilly did, however, note that ISIS is “becoming a different terror organization” than it has been in the past, which presents a unique set of new problems. As such, he predicted Clinton would get tougher on terrorism “at least rhetorically,” and noted she is largely doing so.
That observation provoked a lengthy response from Trump, wherein O’Reilly repeatedly tried, and failed, to interject:
O’Reilly: [Clinton will] get tougher, at least rhetorically, on terrorism, because she’s going to have to. President [Barack] Obama’s policy of containment has failed. Everybody in the world knows it’s failed.
Trump: I don’t see it happening with her, she’s not going to get tougher, [ISIS] started under her, it was a little group of people, it could’ve been wiped out quickly and effectively then, now it’s a very large group of people, and it’s only getting bigger, and if she gets in, it’ll be massive, and we won’t even have a country anymore. We’re going to be afraid to walk outside.
O’Reilly, getting testy: Alright. We’re going to hold Mr. Trump…
Trump: And Bill, remember one other thing: They’re letting tens of thousands of people come in from Syria, and nobody knows who these people are…
O’Reilly, exasperated: Alright, well we went through that already.
Trump: And a lot of those people are ISIS.
O’Reilly is all but rolling his eyes now: Ok
Trump: A lot of these people are ISIS.
O’Reilly: I’m not convinced of that, but I think there has to be a slowdown… and a real vetting…
Blowhard, meet blowback.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
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