O’Reilly Asks Trump Bluntly: Is Your Rhetoric Demonizing Muslims?

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Bill O’Reilly questioned Trump’s damning comments about Muslims following Sunday’s terrorist attack in Orlando.

“Do you believe there is a danger now, that because of your hot rhetoric about the topic … you could be contributing to a demonization of Muslims in general? Is that possible?” Asked O’Reilly.

“No, just the opposite. I really believe it’s just the opposite,” Trump said in response.

Trump had made a major speech earlier Monday in which he renewed his call for a ban on Muslim migration into the United States and said Hillary Clinton wanted to “take away America’s guns and then admit the very people who want to slaughter us.”

Trump continued to slam Clinton’s immigration plan on “The O’Reilly Factor,” asserting that an increase in immigrants would lead to an increase in terrorism.

“A lot of the times the children of people who come into the country become a big problem,” Trump said. Clinton “will allow people in that want to kill people from the [gay] community…The same thing with women. They want to make women slaves. That’s what they do,” Trump added.

O’Reilly interjected to imply that Trump was “conflating” radical Islamists and refugees.

“She’s allowing massive numbers of people to come in, and they’re not all radicalized and they’re not all terrorists, but it doesn’t take many, Bill…” Trump said. “You have many coming in, and they’re smart and they’re cunning and they know how to beat the system.”

That same night on the “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” O’Reilly spoke with Colbert about Trump’s reaction to the mass shooting.

“He wants to be president. He’s using this terrorism issue to bolster his popularity,” O’Reilly said.

“So he’s making a political tool out of a terror attack?” Colbert asked.

“That’s exactly what he’s doing,” O’Reilly responded.

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