Bill O’Reilly reacted to Michelle Obama‘s big DNC speech tonight by fact-checking what she said about slaves building the White House.
He explained how while slaves did participate in the construction, “Records show about 400 payments made to slave masters between 1795 and 1801. In addition, free blacks, whites, and immigrants also worked on the massive building.”
“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. So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well.”
Watch above, via Fox News.
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