O'Reilly: $500K Raised for AL Band to Attend Inauguration 'Repudiation of Race-Baiters'
Bill O'Reilly reacted to the approximate $500,000 that has been raised for the Talladega College 'Marching Tornadoes' band's trip to participate in the Inauguration Day ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump in Washington.
In his Talking Points Memo, he said that much of the money raised for the historically black college was bankrolled by people that mainstream entities often demonize as "racist".
"Generalizing about any group is foolish and dishonest," O'Reilly said, calling the impromptu fundraiser "a repudiation of race-baiters."
O'Reilly recalled how college president Dr. Billy Hawkins' appearance last week on the "O'Reilly Factor" was not intended as a fundraising announcement, but that subsequent guest Omarosa Manigault mentioned the GoFundMe account.
Hawkins has since received threats and derogatory comments for standing firm on sending his students to the District of Columbia.
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer added that the nationwide response to the appeal by Talladega is what Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Inauguration Day, is all about.
"The inauguration is beyond party [identification]," he said, wishing the students' well on their trip.
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