Former Fox News star Bill O'Reilly attacked Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Twitter Tuesday night, accusing the former Texas Representative of lying after he shared an example of the plight of the working poor in the United States.
"Beto says he met a woman working FOUR jobs. And raising a special needs child. I don’t believe him. Sorry."
Beto says he met a woman working FOUR jobs. And raising a special needs child. I don’t believe him. Sorry.— Bill O'Reilly (@Bill O'Reilly) 1571187617.0
In response to O'Reilly's tweet, Beto O'Rourke shared a photo of himself with the woman he spoke of. He also had a more personal response for O'Reilly.
"The problem with our economy is she has to live in her car—while a disgraced TV host like you makes millions."
This is her. Her name is Gina. Her daughter's name is Summer. The problem with our economy is she has to live in he… https://t.co/vLRf305Skb— Beto O'Rourke (@Beto O'Rourke) 1571195483.0
O'Reilly's career at Fox News ended in April 2017 when after an exposé by The New York Times lead to the disclosure of a "series of sexual harassment allegations against him and an internal investigation that turned up even more." O'Reilly and the company had already paid settlements to 5 women at the time of his firing from Fox.
People let O'Reilly know they remember his history with honesty and why he no longer works at Fox News.
@BillOReilly Not every woman has a huge sexual-harassment settlement in the bank.— Dave Hogg (@Dave Hogg) 1571199904.0
@stareagle @BillOReilly Not every woman has met Bill, so...— Nameless in Texas (@Nameless in Texas) 1571206953.0
@BillOReilly You claimed you didn't drag your wife down your stairs, by the neck, choking her in front of your teen… https://t.co/PfcBy0jtgL— Jason Bailey (@Jason Bailey) 1571195706.0
@jasondashbailey @jojake111 @BillOReilly I can’t imagine this man being abusive to his wife - https://t.co/vEkPAs1NAL— M Matt Frank (@M Matt Frank) 1571214695.0
@BillOReilly Bill says he didn’t sexually harass anyone. Despite settling for $32 million. I don’t believe him. Sorry.— Thomas Maynard🌹 (@Thomas Maynard🌹) 1571199421.0
@TPRMaynard7 @BillOReilly @BillOReilly has cred to spot lies because he is a verified liar! Yet he fails to call ou… https://t.co/uCogBxSmXO— BlueJay (@BlueJay) 1571226920.0
@BillOReilly I wonder if he met all the women you had to pay out for sexually harassing them in the workplace.— Dylan (@Dylan) 1571198825.0
Although some O'Reilly supporters decided to attack the woman O'Rourke spoke of, but were met with swift opposition.
@kelraff @BillOReilly Pretty much the point of why we need to pay people a living wage, amirite?— PollywantswineandImpeachment (@PollywantswineandImpeachment) 1571190765.0
@nigelchamp @vandymom62 @kelraff @BillOReilly Or - hear me out - maybe the billionaire who owns the corporation tha… https://t.co/0Ukr3jxB6n— Christy C. Callahan 🌊 (@Christy C. Callahan 🌊) 1571193248.0
@samnhuntsville @BillOReilly Not with a Republican work ethic.— Amusing Username Pending (@Amusing Username Pending) 1571197359.0
@cathylanski @samnhuntsville @BillOReilly Which might explain why red states outspend federal assistance dollars al… https://t.co/HYLApcZXuy— twyla do (@twyla do) 1571215793.0
@twylado @samnhuntsville @BillOReilly It’s making me kind of crazy that everyone is all “Yay, low unemployment!” Bu… https://t.co/wBlX9OrrDn— Amusing Username Pending (@Amusing Username Pending) 1571227632.0
@cathylanski @twylado @samnhuntsville @BillOReilly They never talk about how cost of living has significantly out p… https://t.co/zuEP485by2— sean reynolds (@sean reynolds) 1571235404.0
@thetoyman1 @BillOReilly Many people have to work at several places just to get full-time hours, which means all th… https://t.co/23vEQayf8D— JP (@JP) 1571198092.0
@thetoyman1 @Newgranny56 @BillOReilly Well it must be impossible for anything else to be true then.— IB Freely (@IB Freely) 1571203550.0
@sassybibrarian @BillOReilly I'm working 3 jobs rn and I'm just getting ready for one of them. I have to be there b… https://t.co/XeWWBfUz2T— Iznogud (@Iznogud) 1571218543.0
Some offered O'Reilly advice on how he could be more in touch with the reality for many workers in the United States.
@BillOReilly Maybe if you spent more time speaking to women instead of harassing them you would know this happens o… https://t.co/oGx6bd7m6b— Rage Donkey™️ (@Rage Donkey™️) 1571232497.0
Or just advice in general.
@BillOReilly Quit twitter you serial abuser and go back to the abyss— Sarah Parcak (@Sarah Parcak) 1571197624.0
While one person pointed out the wealth inequality present in the United States.
@BetoORourke With a small fraction of the money Fox paid to settle sexual harassment suits against @BillOReilly, th… https://t.co/QhSfLzwGdH— Seth Cotlar (@Seth Cotlar) 1571197601.0
@SethCotlar @BetoORourke @BillOReilly But that’s not what our culture and values system rewards— D. Wade Shows (@D. Wade Shows) 1571200214.0
@ModernParzival @SethCotlar @BetoORourke @BillOReilly Sadly true, wish we could change that. Said that would be mor… https://t.co/sRW6DSLEsC— 𝕃𝕒 𝔸𝕧𝕚𝕠𝕟 (@𝕃𝕒 𝔸𝕧𝕚𝕠𝕟) 1571203407.0
O'Rourke is part of the remaining field of Democratic presidential nominees. As of Wednesday, October 16, the 2020 presidential election is 383 days away.
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