Source: Matt Wilstein / Mediaite
Bill O’Reilly invited Fox News contributor Brit Hume onto The O’Reilly Factor Monday night to expand on comments he made about Attorney General Eric Holder and race over the weekend. Hume said the reaction to his comments about Holder and President Barack Obama “benefitting enormously” because of their race was equal parts positive and negative, with about half of people on Twitter calling him “racist” because there were no African-Americans present for the debate on Fox News Sunday.
“In other words, in order to discuss this, you have to have an African-American present,” Hume added. “But if you’re just white, then discussing this is racist.”
He was reacting to a speech Holder gave at last week’s National Action Network conference, during which he asked the audience, in relation to his recent confrontation with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), “What Attorney General has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?” Later, Holder said his comments had nothing to do with race and instead were about “civility.”
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