Instead of addressing the news of the day, O’Reilly put on his analyst hat, praising the deft strategist Donald Trump. “In the beginning of the campaign, Donald Trump did something brilliant. He staked out two essential issues that he knew Republican voters were angry about: the border and the economy,” said O’Reilly.
Later in the night, Fox News host Sean Hannity aired a 20-minute-plus interview with Trump in front of an audience at Valdosta State University in Georgia. Never asked about the Duke stuff. What he did ask was this question, regarding the wall that Trump wants to build: “Will the name Trump be on it?”
“Only if it’s beautiful,” responded Trump.
And in one particularly sweet moment, Trump mentioned his proposal to ban Muslim entry into the United States. Hannity wondered if the folks in the audience supported the ban. After some folks in the audience raised their hands, the host said, “Let’s do it by clapping. People on TV can’t see all of you.” With that, a bunch of people — “almost the whole crowd,” said Hannity — in the audience began clapping for Trump’s idea of banning Muslim entry into the United States. Talk about brilliant: Fox News orchestrated a round of applause for a bigoted and unconstitutional policy proposal.
With this abdication of accountability comes ownership. O’Reilly and Hannity are all in with this fellow.