Bill O’Reilly Tears into David Duke

Luke Brinker, Salon, January 6, 2015

Last night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly brought former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke onto “The O’Reilly Factor” to weigh in on the controversy surrounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s 2002 appearance before Duke’s European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO). A shouting match ensued, with O’Reilly tearing into Duke’s “garbage” and ridiculing the notion that Duke is not “trying to promote the cause of white people.”

“I’m not a white supremacist at all,” Duke told O’Reilly. “In fact, the European-American Unity and Rights Organization was a charted civil rights organization,” he added, asserting that his work against affirmative action as a Louisiana legislator was part of his battle against “racial discrimination.”

“Don’t sit there and tell me you’re not a white–that your organization isn’t looking out for the white, European race,” O’Reilly protested later in the segment. {snip}

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Bringing the segment back to Duke’s racism, O’Reilly later said, “Mr. Duke, don’t sit here and tell me you’re not trying to promote the cause of white people, ’cause you are. The problem with this garbage–on both sides–is that we’re all in it together and skin color doesn’t matter.”

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