CNN devoted a segment this afternoon to comments Bill O’Reilly made last night about the slaves that built the White House. He did not object to what Michelle Obama said, but instead provided further context to her remarks.
“Slaves that worked there,” O’Reilly continued, “were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802. However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor.”
The comment about how well slaves were supposedly treated outraged a lot of people, and on CNN this afternoon, Bakari Sellers scolded O’Reilly and said his remarks were “beyond the pale.”
“He was speaking in a way,” Seller says, “that was disrespectful to the legacy of many who came to this country in shackles… I really have no use for him at all.”
Michael Smerconish pointed out that O’Reilly wasn’t even disputing anything Michelle Obama said, and it was just odd.
Watch above, via CNN.
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