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Maxine Waters Says That ‘Bill O’Reilly Needs to Go to Jail’

Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters went off on Bill O’Reilly tonight, saying that he and others should go to jail over what she referred to as a “sexual harassment enterprise” at Fox News.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes asked Waters––who O’Reilly apologized to last week for what he called a “dumb” joke about her hair––for her reaction to President Trump defending O’Reilly in an interview earlier today.

Waters called Trump and O’Reilly “two of a kind” and said, “It’s all catching up with Bill O’Reilly and that sexual harassment enterprise that they created over there at Fox.”

She pointed to the increasing number of advertisers pulling their ads during the Factor and then said this:

“It shouldn’t be in America that you can sexually harass women and then buy your way out of it because you’re rich. If they continue to do this in the way that they have done, they need to go to jail. You know, the president’s over there talking today about Susan Rice going to jail. They need to go to jail. Bill O’Reilly needs to go to jail. And so, I just want you to know that the president didn’t do himself any good standing up for Bill O’Reilly.”

And if you’re wondering how serious Waters was in making that declaration, a link to the segment headlined with her jail remark went up on her official Twitter page shortly after:

Following the report on settlements paid to multiple women who alleged harassment from O’Reilly, O’Reilly himself released a statement that said, in part, “Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline. But most importantly, I’m a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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