O’Reilly: Donald Sterling Is 'Finished in the Court of Public Opinion'
In tonight’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly addressed recent racist remarks from both Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
O’Reilly said that both men are “finished in the court of public opinion,” and he said the reason that people say racist things is because they’re ignorant and have a sense of entitlement.
“Cliven Bundy sincerely believes that he should be exempt from paying grazing taxes, an insane sense of entitlement when others in his circumstance have to pay them and are paying them. Sterling has too much money and thinks he can shoot his mouth off and say whatever he wants because he has bought his way out of past controversies,” O’Reilly said.
In 2005, Sterling settled a discrimination lawsuit brought up by minority tenants in L.A. In 2009, he settled a federal lawsuit and had to pay close to $3 million. Also, in 2009, former Clippers manager Elgin Baylor unsuccessfully sued Sterling for racial discrimination.
“There is no question that Sterling has a problem,” O’Reilly said.
“But here’s the headline: it’s primarily his problem, not the country’s problem,” O’Reilly said. “He’s shameful but does not represent anyone other than himself.”
O’Reilly called people who make such remarks “misguided individuals” and said that there are bigots in every country and of every race.
“For the rest of his life, Donald Sterling will be a pariah, he will not be celebrated anywhere or welcomed anywhere other than the lunatic fringe precincts,” he said.
Watch the full Talking Points Memo above.