Count Bill O’Reilly among the supporters of Rep. Mo Brooks’ (R-Ala.) claim that there is a “war on whites” being waged in the U.S.
On Tuesday’s O’Reilly Factor, Fox News’ elder derp began his show by telling his loyal Ensure-drinking audience about “American weakness” in his Talking Points Memo segment. He did it quietly and buried it toward the end (2:30), but he jumped aboard the ridiculous “war on whites” narrative.
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REP. MO BROOKS (R), ALABAMA: This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party and the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued it in 2012 where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s — that’s not true, ok.
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O’REILLY:Well, Congressman Brooks believes the President is behind the policy. I believe it’s the Democratic leadership in Congress that has designed the device of strategy — Reid and Pelosi, but no doubt President Obama is allowing the nonsense to flow.
How kind of O’Reilly to say that President Obama isn’t actually the one behind it, but rather just goes along with the “nonsense” of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.
Those watching O’Reilly on Tuesday — not counting the poor bastards at Mediaite and Media Matters who must watch as part of their jobs — no doubt nodded in hearty agreement as such an obvious, commonsense assertion. After all, his audience is mostly white, and, according to the New York Times, “The median age for Mr. O’Reilly’s audience reached a new high, 72.1. And less than 15 percent of his audience fell within the 25-54 group.”
As much as we like to laugh about the nonexistent war on whites, for many white Americans, their victimhood is very real. A 2011 study showed that white people are increasingly coming to believe that they are the targets of racial discrimination in everyday life, which explains in large part the rise of the Tea Party in almost perfect conjunction with the first black president.
While not all, or even most of the criticisms from the Right directed at Obama are racially-motivated, it would be foolish to think there’s not a substantial swath of conservatives who not only can’t handle the sight of a black president, but internalize that development as an assault on their identity and what they think that entitles them to.
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