Bill O’Reilly On Mandela: He Was A Communist, But He Was A Great Man
Bill O’Reilly praised Nelson Mandela on a segment with Rick Santorum to discuss the future of the Republican Party. Despite calling Mandela a good man, O’Reilly stressed multiple times that Mandela was a Communist.
O’Reilly pointed out that Republican ideology has to go if the Republicans want to win in 2016. At this opportunity, O’Reilly brought up Mandela and informed Santorum that Mandela has just died. Before mentioning Mandela’s great accomplishments and how much he is admired by the people of South Africa and the world, O’Reilly pointed out that Mandela is a Communist.
“He was a communist, this man. He was a communist, alright. But he was a great man. What he did for his people was stunning, the sacrifices that he made. He could have repudiated and got out of that prison. He wouldn’t do it. He was a great man, but he was a Communist,” said O’Reilly.
He said that he disagrees with Bishop Tutu and Mr. Mandela but respects them at the same time. O’Reilly questions Santorum why the Republican Party can’t bring that kind of respect to the floor.
Santorum replied saying, “Nelson Mandela stood up against a great injustice and was willing to pay a great price for that, and that is why he’s mourned today.” Agreeing with O’Reilly, he added, “What he was advocating for was not necessarily the right answer but he was fighting for some great injustice.” Santorum also argued that there is great injustice currently going on in the United States. He points out that the U.S. government is taking over and controlling people’s lives. Citing evidence of great injustice, Santorum said, “Obamacare is at the front and center of that.”