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 (@BillOReilly) October 16, 2019
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 her car—while a disgraced TV host like you makes millions. https://t.co/J1Scsu3GJ5 pic.twitter.com/W1shXxVyeg
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) October 16, 2019
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.
Not every woman has a huge sexual-harassment settlement in the bank.
— Dave Hogg (@stareagle) October 16, 2019
Not every woman has met Bill, so…
— Nameless in Texas (@Cmlindsay1) October 16, 2019
You claimed you didn’t drag your wife down your stairs, by the neck, choking her in front of your teenage daughter. I don’t believe you. Sorry. https://t.co/smoSx2QWtp
— Jason Voorhees Bailey (@jasondashbailey) October 16, 2019
I can’t imagine this man being abusive to his wife – https://t.co/vEkPAs1NAL
— M Matt Frank (@dmmf7) October 16, 2019
Bill says he didn’t sexually harass anyone. Despite settling for $32 million. I don’t believe him. Sorry.
— Thomas Maynard (@TPRMaynard7) October 16, 2019
@BillOReilly has cred to spot lies because he is a verified liar! Yet he fails to call out the most egregious & shockingly wicked lies AGAINST America told by Trump, Pence, Mike Pompeo, Bill Barr, @DevinNunes @LindseyGrahamSC @RudyGiuliani & associates Igor & Lav #MoscowMitch
— BlueJay (@Jmonty27) October 16, 2019
I wonder if he met all the women you had to pay out for sexually harassing them in the workplace.
— Dylan (@dyllyp) October 16, 2019
Although some O’Reilly supporters decided to attack the woman O’Rourke spoke of, but were met with swift opposition.
Pretty much the point of why we need to pay people a living wage, amirite?
— Pollywantswine (@vandymom62) October 16, 2019
Or – hear me out – maybe the billionaire who owns the corporation that owns all the grocery stores could have 1 less yacht that year so that all of their employees could earn a living wage.
— Christy C. Callahan (@ChristyDem314) October 16, 2019
Not with a Republican work ethic.
— Amusing Username Pending (@cathylanski) October 16, 2019
Which might explain why red states outspend federal assistance dollars almost two to one. There’s a whole lot of folks – millions – that have no choice but to work multiple jobs and they never ask for a thing from anyone. It must be unfathomable for those rich guys on high. lol
— twyla do (@twylado) October 16, 2019
It’s making me kind of crazy that everyone is all “Yay, low unemployment!” But no one’s talking about the fact that a huge swath of the population needs multiple jobs to make ends meet.
— Amusing Username Pending (@cathylanski) October 16, 2019
They never talk about how cost of living has significantly out paced wages. This is why people have to work several jobs just to pay their bills.
— sean reynolds (@CaliBan2012) October 16, 2019
Many people have to work at several places just to get full-time hours, which means all their jobs are part-time and they get no benefits from any of them. You’re pretty sheltered if you’ve never encountered anyone in this situation.
— JP (@Newgranny56) October 16, 2019
Well it must be impossible for anything else to be true then.
— IB Freely (@FreelyIb) October 16, 2019
I’m working 3 jobs rn and I’m just getting ready for one of them. I have to be there before 6. So yeah, ppl do have to work 3 plus jobs.
— Iznogud (@fanglodinglo) October 16, 2019
Some offered O’Reilly advice on how he could be more in touch with the reality for many workers in the United States.
Maybe if you spent more time speaking to women instead of harassing them you would know this happens often and you would also be 32 million dollars richer you gigantic sack of shit.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) October 16, 2019
Or just advice in general.
Quit twitter you serial abuser and go back to the abyss
— Sarah Parcak (@indyfromspace) October 16, 2019
While one person pointed out the wealth inequality present in the United States.
With a small fraction of the money Fox paid to settle sexual harassment suits against @BillOReilly, this mother and her child could buy a house and never have to work again.
— Seth Cotlar (@SethCotlar) October 16, 2019
But that’s not what our culture and values system rewards
— D. Wade Shows (@ModernParzival) October 16, 2019
Sadly true, wish we could change that. Said that would be more cost effective to give the homeless houses that have been given up for nonpayment of taxes. Hell we wont even take care of our Veterans.
— (@La_Avion_) October 16, 2019
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.
The book Good Times, Bad Times: The Explosive Inside Story of Rupert Murdoch, the man who created Fox News, is available here.