O’Reilly to Letterman: Americans ‘Would Rather Be Attacked by Zombies’ Than Deal with Debt Ceiling

Bill O’Reilly will appear on the Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday night as part of his marathon book tour for Killing Jesus. But as the preview clip below shows, the Fox host will also touch on the last minute vote expected in Congress this evening to reopen the government and avoid hitting the debt ceiling.

Asked by David Letterman who he blames for the ongoing mess, President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) or “Crazy Ted Cruz” (R-TX), O’Reilly said “all of them.” Channeling American’s frustration with politics, O’Reilly said, “This is why people hate government and this is why people watch The Walking Dead. They would rather be attacked by zombies than have to watch this stuff.”

O’Reilly explained that the whole fight comes down to “power politics” and the 2014 midterm election. If he were an elected official, O’Reilly insisted that he would not “bend over backwards” to please his constituency. “I’m not afraid of anybody now,” he said, “why would I be afraid of them then?”

While O’Reilly’s Walking Dead line was good for a laugh, perhaps it underscored a deeper frustration about what Americans watch on television. While this week’s season premiere of that AMC drama hit a record 16.1 million viewers, The O’Reilly Factor on Fox rarely tops 3 million.

Watch video below, via CBS:

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