O’Reilly: State Department’s Psaki, Harf ‘Afraid’ to Come on ‘The Factor’
In tonight’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly took on the controversy surrounding his criticism of State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.
O’Reilly had said that Psaki “looks out of her depth,” prompting State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf to suggest that he has no class via Twitter.
Harf then defended her remarks in a briefing the next morning, saying that “The Factor” host used “sexist, personally offensive language that I actually don’t think [he] would ever use about a man.”
“Even though there is hateful rhetoric on the right, you don't hear many conservative Americans throwing around terms like racist, sexist or homophobic. But on the left, those smears have become a cottage industry,” O’Reilly said.
“The Factor” host said that Psaki often does not answer questions, “preferring to dodge and weave.” He said that he gets personally insulted when government officials avoid answering legitimate questions.
O’Reilly said that Harf is telling the world that he would never, ever say something like that about a man.
“Well, tell that to White House spokesman Josh Earnest,” he quipped.
“The Factor” asked Psaki and Harf to come on the show tonight, but O’Reilly said, “They are afraid. I hope that’s not a sexist comment because many men are afraid to come on this program as well.”
He continued, “The main point here is that smearing people is unacceptable, especially by folks representing the government.”
O’Reilly said, “Americans should demand that public servants deal with issues and not embrace the tactics of guttersnipes. Really, is that too much to ask?”
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