During his Monday night show, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly lashed out at Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart for suggesting last Thursday that the voters who re-elected President Barack Obama hold “traditional” American policy views.
“Here’s what I’m talking about, Mr. Obtuse: If you and your 17 writers would actually look at the exit polling, you will see that a coalition of voters put the president back into the Oval Office,” O’Reilly said. “That coalition was nontraditional, which means it veered away from things like traditional marriage, robust capitalism and self-reliance. Instead, each constituency that voted for the president, whether it be single women, Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, whatever, [had] very specific reasons for doing [so]. What do you think was going on at the Democratic convention, when a variety of speakers put out a whole laundry list of things they want the government to provide? Did you miss that, Jon Stewart?”
O’Reilly said the electorate is increasingly supporting a wide array of positions that are fundamentally antithetical to traditional center-right policy views. (RELATED: Stewart, O’Reilly spar in mock debate before Election Day)
“Traditional American voters generally want a smaller government in Washington — more local control, some oversight on abortion and believe in American exceptionalism,” he continued. “The majority of those who voted for President Obama want a large government that spends heavily on entitlements, because that reduces so-called income inequality. They want equality for gays in the marriage arena. They want unfettered abortion with no parental notification for minors. They want a one-world foreign policy they gives other nations equal status to America. Here’s a bullet at this point to those pinheads at Comedy Central: Those are not traditional positions. Are we clear about this?”
O’Reilly went on to remind Stewart that he wasn’t “lamenting” Mitt Romney’s loss to Obama.
“Notice the word lamenting — no lamenting here, no lamenting zone,” O’Reilly said. “Stewart is obviously channeling Ben Franklin, one of our great experimenters. Here is the deal: The country is definitely changing. The values of Americans [are] being challenged by the coalitions the Democrats effectively put together. That’s the deal. No lamenting, no race-baiting, no bull feathers.”