Bill O’Reilly on Thursday pushed back against strident claims increasingly being made by President Joe Biden, Democrats, and far-left pundits that “white supremacy” is a widespread and growing problem.
In a segment during his show on streaming network “The First,” the former Fox News host produced newly uncovered data showing that federal cases involving alleged white supremacists over the past two years were minuscule.
By comparison, O’Reilly noted, arrests and prosecutions of left-wing Antifa and Black Lives Matter agitators since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last spring have been legion.
“Where is all the white supremacy stuff?” O’Reilly asked as he began his segment, noting there are “no visible signs” of it around most of the country outside of “a few kooks” online.
“But is it a pervasive problem?” The host continued, noting that Biden intimated last week — during a CNN town hall — that the problem was so bad he would be ensuring the Justice Department focused on it.
O’Reilly went on to cite DoJ data showing that in all of 2019, there were only five federal cases brought against 75 alleged white supremacists. In 2020, he continued, there were just five more cases brought against 14 suspected white supremacists.
Turning to state prosecutions, O’Reilly said the number of cases amounted to just five in 2019 and three in 2020, involving eight and nine persons respectively.
Taken together, state and federal prosecutions involving alleged white supremacists amounted to just 18 cases and 106 people, O’Reilly continued.
“Now, those are the facts. You can’t alter them, you can’t spin them,” O’Reilly said, indicating that the problem appears minuscule and certainly not on the level it’s being portrayed by the Biden administration and Democrats.
But during a CNN-sponsored town hall event last week, Biden claimed that the problem is widespread, including throughout police and military ranks.
“I got involved in politics to begin with because of civil rights and opposition to white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan. And the most dangerous people in America continue to exist. That is the greatest threat to terror in America: domestic terror,” Biden told a town hall participant,”
“And so I would make sure that my Justice Department and the Civil Rights Division is focused heavily on those very folks. And I would make sure that we, in fact, focus on how to deal with the rise of white supremacy,” the president added.
Conversely, O’Reilly said he asked his research staff to find out the number of “far-left” Antifa and BLM members who have been arrested just in 2020.
The host said the number was in the “thousands,” including “more than 300” on the federal level.
“Because of Portland, because of Minneapolis, because of Seattle, thousands of far-left people. So, 106 white supremacists, two years,” versus thousands, O’Reilly said, adding that the president does not seem concerned with the latter.
The host went on to suggest that the purpose behind the white supremacist narrative being pushed by the left is political.
“The far-left progressive movement — and that includes the media, which enables it — they were successful with the white privilege stuff,” he said, going on to note that during that time there was very little pushback on the narrative.
“So then they said, you know, that white privilege thing worked so well, let’s bump it up to white supremacy,” he continued, “and therefore we can bring in the founding fathers who forged the Constitution because they were all white supremacists.”
The objective, he explained, was to then claim all of the founding principles including capitalism, the criminal justice system, and Judeo-Christian principles are likewise racist.
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“And we can put in its place socialism, maybe Communism. We can put in its place equity — favorable treatment for marginalized groups,” he added.