Bill O’Reilly calls Barbara Lee a ‘Race Hustler’

Bill O’Reilly

CONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT | Rep. Barbara Lee brought home a $2.8 million federal grant this week for Asian health services in Oakland, but that’s not what made headlines. Instead, a tit-for-tat, first with Rep. Paul Ryan and now with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly over race in America took center stage.

Last week, Lee took offense to remarks made by Ryan on a conservative radio program and highlighted his use of the phrase “inner city.” Lee believes the phrase is actually a signifier for “blacks.”

“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work, so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with,” Ryan said, Mar. 12.

Lee responded a day later. “My colleague Congressman Ryan’s comments about ‘inner city’ poverty are a thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated,” she said. Ryan then apologized.

However, O’Reilly reignited the controversy on Tuesday with Ryan as his guest and called Lee a “race hustler” for her opposition to Ryan’s previous statements. In the interview Ryan appears reluctant to revisit the controversy, but O’Reilly, nonetheless, pushes back. (Watch here.)

“They don’t want a conversation. They don’t want to solve the problem,” said O’Reilly. “These race hustlers make a big living, and they get voted into office, by portraying their constituents as victims, and it’s all your fault and it’s my fault, it’s the rich people’s fault, it’s the Republicans’ fault. It’s everybody’s fault except what’s going on.

“And what’s going on, as you know, is the dissolution of the family, and you don’t have proper supervision of children, and they grow up with no skills, and they can’t read and speak, and they have tattoos on their neck, and they can’t compete in the marketplace. And that is what is going on. But if you say that you are a racist. So, no matter what you say congressman, you are going to be branded because the race hustlers don’t want to solve the problem, how’s that?”

On Wednesday, Lee said the issues of racial discrimination and poverty need to be addresses. “Unfortunately we’ve come to expect language like ‘welfare queens,’ ‘food stamp president,’ and now ‘race hustlers’ from the right wing and Mr. O’Reilly,” Lee, said in a statement. “It is disgusting and divisive and should never be accepted in our national discourse.”

Categories: Barbara Lee, Bill O'Reilly, blacks, congress, federal grants, Fox News, inner city, paul ryan, race, race hustler

16 replies

  1. I would seriously questiom Mr. O'Reilly's credibility when criticizing any progressive. Legitimate criticism in a democracy is fine, and healthy, but one always should question the true basis of O'Reilly's criticism of Rep. Lee.


  2. Nobody cares what the radical right guru O'Reilly thinks, because he doesn't think!!!


  3. By MW:

    If candidates such as Barbara Lee, and also Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.etc,etc,etc, and the Democratic Party in general, are to continue to have any chance of winning elections, then they need, and regardless of race, a huge pool of uneducateds, illiterates, drug addicts, and nitwits, and many of them on welfare, to, and just like good little robots, go into the voting booth and automatically vote Democrat.

    Since many of the above do not have the skills and nor the desire to get jobs, and furthermore they also tend to have high birthrates, and an extremely high percentage of their children and grandchildren will also end up on welfare and unemployable, continuing that trend provides a huge pool of votes for DP candidates, since most of the poor, unemployables, high school dropouts, illiterates, drug addicts, and those on welfare vote for the DP.

    To summarize, the leadership of the DP is a big sleazy MAFIA of demagogues, charlatans, parasites, backstabbers, pathological liars, and bloodsucking leeches that pretends to be on the side of the poor, disenfranchised, disadvantaged, disabled, uneducated, and unemployed, and supposedly committed to helping them, but actually is a sleazy army of FIFTH COLUMNISTS that realizes if the poor, uneducated, and those on welfare, etc, ever got their lives straightened out – or woke up, smelled the coffee, and did any real thinking – they would not vote for the DP anymore.

    Of course, the parasites, charlatans demagogues, and pathological liars that compose the leadership of the DP want an “improved” form of “free speech” in which those who tell the truth will be banned from speaking.


  4. 5:05, These comments are odd. Odd primarily because these assertions does not match up with realities. Time to stop scapegoating others, and wake up and realize that we are all in this together. Time to stop such over the top rantings, and make comments, or propose ideas based on reality and not fantasy.


  5. This coming from a former welfare queen herself!


  6. You've got all kinds of trash out there, inner city is just some.

    Hell, talk about white trailer trash out in the stix.

    It's a sexist, racist world. We've got all sorts races, breeds and both sexes. That's diversity. Get used to it.


  7. The good news is she will raise tons thanks to Bill-O.


  8. O'Reilly is a right-wing nut who has helped destroy the Republicans. He is far more extreme than most Americans.


  9. Like the rest of us, he can't stand the union whores.


  10. 2:35, speak for yourself


  11. 2:35 is Ralph Fariass who running for City Council for the third time and will get trounced again. Thank goodness the voters of Hayward are smarter than he is.


  12. Hayward voters and smart should not be said in the same breath. Look at the present city council as an example. Who voted for those idiots and who will replace them?


  13. Hopefully Rocky Fernandez and Sara Lamnin will replace them in answer to your question 9:54


  14. Can't support Rocky or Sarah because they're whores for the unions. Even though Tavares doesn't like the truth being told. We won't be silenced.

    Going to keep spreading the truth, over, and over, and over again!

    A vote for either of them is a vote to pick the public's pockets clean!


  15. As a minority, he is sort of right. I know that things are stacked up against me, but I did not use that as an excuse not to get good grades in college. The second people stop victimizing themselves, the more they can focus on building themselves up and their community.


  16. O'Reilly is a right of center imbecile who has consistently been wrong!


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