Bill O’Reilly and Paul Ryan Slam ‘Race Hustler’ Democrats
Wisconsin Congressman and potential 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been under fire over the past week after he talked about an “inner city culture” that bred poverty. Not surprisingly, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly came to the former Vice Presidential candidate’s defense on Tuesday and the two of them went after what they called “race hustlers” on the left.
“With all due respect to you,” O’Reilly said, “because I think you’re a good man, they don’t want a conversation. They don’t want to solve the problem. 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.”
O’Reilly continued, saying “What’s going on, as you know, is a 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 that’s what’s going on. But if you say that, you’re a racist. So no matter what you say, Congressman, you’re going to be branded because the race hustlers don’t want to solve the problem.”
Ryan made his radio remarks last week, saying there’s a “tailspin of culture in our inner cities in particular of men not working, and just generations of men not even thinking about working and learning the value and culture of work.”
He was immediately slammed by California Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who accused Ryan of a “thinly-veiled racist attack.”
O’Reilly asked Ryan if the Congresswoman had spoken with him since. “She does not believe that I have [racist] views,” Ryan replied. “She knows me well. She knows I don’t have a racist bone in my body.”
Of course, many accused Ryan of racism not for his statement about “inner city culture” but for citing the work of Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve, which CNN describes as a book that “claims that black people have inferior intelligence and is the reason for social disadvantages.”