Source: Dylan Byers / Politico
In an effort to counter an attack from MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly revealed on Thursday that he once gave $25,000 to Sharpton’s charity so that it could provide Christmas presents and dinners to poor people in Harlem.
Rev. Sharpton, who confirmed the donation in an interview with POLITICO, had criticized O’Reilly of “attacking the poor” because he opposed food stamps and because he referred to one person — a surfer with dubious claims to the food stamp program — as “a parasite.”
On Fox, O’Reilly said that Sharpton had taken his remarks out of context and was not telling the truth.
“And here’s the crusher on Sharpton,” O’Reilly added. “He’s been portraying me as a racist and a brutalizer of the poor. A few years ago Sharpton told me that his charity in Harlem, New York, was out of money and that it could not provide Christmas presents and Christmas dinners to hundreds of poor people in Harlem. So I gave Sharpton a $25,000 donation to provide the gifts and the food.”
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