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Twitter Reacts To Bill O'Reilly's "Well-Fed" Slaves Bullshit

By Kristy Puchko | Politics | July 27, 2016 |

By Kristy Puchko | Politics | July 27, 2016 |

We’ve said again and again how the antics this election season are bordering on the cartoonish and super villain-like. But goddamn if Bill O’Reilly didn’t achieve a new low, becoming a public slavery truther.

Just a day after Michelle Obama gave a rousing speech at the DNC about the evolution of our nation, O’Reilly countered with a response so dizzying I’m glad I have health insurance now because I’m fairly confident it broke my brain.

You might remember our flawless FLOTUS noted the incredible progress apparent in a black First Family living in a White House “built by slaves.” Well, The O’Reilly Factor host wants us all to know it wasn’t all that bad being a White House slave, declaring:

Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government.

Upon seeing this on Twitter last night, I did a double-take. I checked to be sure it wasn’t a clever satirical bit from The Onion or Clickhole. But nope. You can watch O’Reilly sputter this brain-melting defense below.

It begins with some interesting historical context. And then, comes the “well-fed” bit. Which I bet O’Reilly thinks isn’t an absolutely awful thing to say. After all, he’s just talking about history, right? Except that we all need to keep in mind who writes the history books: those who had access to education. So, not the slaves who endured torture, rape, mutilation, starvation, abduction and many, many more forms of dehumanization and abuse. Instead, it’s slave masters like our founding fathers, and spin-doctoring politicians who want to rewrite the cause of the Civil War to play down the whole racist angle.

With a nationally televised show, O’Reilly has a major platform to rewrite history. Thankfully, Twitter was quick to righteously clap back.

Kristy Puchko can’t even sometimes.