Donald Trump vs. Bill O'Reilly: How Do They Compare?
Donald Trump is a top Presidential candidate, and Bill O’Reilly, a “journalist and reporter”, has no qualms about slamming Trump. O’Reilly will pick apart any point or issue he can find - or fabricate - in order to have something, to present to tell the public.
What Bill O’Reilly is even better at is whitewashing his own misdeeds and misrepresentation of facts. Let’s take a glance at these two personalities side-by-side and do a quick comparison. From there you can do a bit more digging and draw your own conclusions:
- The Apprentice: In 2007 Donald Trump was awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame for his contributions to television via his Primetime Emmy-nominated show, The Apprentice. Perhaps not as prestigious as a Polk or a Peabody, but an honor he was actually awarded nonetheless.
- Mariages: Trump has been married three times, divorced twice. He has children from all three marriages. Both ex-wives Ivana Zelnickova Trump and Marla Maples Trump, continue to be on good terms with Trump and agree that the divorces were both amicable. No reports of attempts to undermine relationships following the divorces have been reported.
- Upbring: Trump was born and raised in New York City, attending Kew Forest School until the age of 13. Then his parents placed him in the New York Military Academy, where he excelled both academically and socially. He graduated in 1964 a star athlete and student leader. He then completed two years of college at Fordham University and then attended the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a degree in Economics in 1968.
- Controversial Comments: Following Trump’s comments that illegal Mexican immigrants are “rapists” and need to be deported immediately, two men assaulted a homeless Hispanic man in Boston. The men cited Trump’s comments as their reason for beating the man with a metal pole and urinating on him. Trump denounced the crime, stating that he would never condone violence and that “We ned energy and passion, but we must treat each other with respect”.
- Welfare: Trump has never specifically targeted single mothers who receive government assistance. He has stated that the food stamp program is meant to provide temporary assistance for families in times of financial need, not to allow them to remain “on the dole” for a decade.
- Inside Edition: Bill O’Reilly has preened his own feathers by claiming that as host of Inside Edition he won two Peabody Awards. He then went on to clarify he meant to say he had won a Polk Award, not two Peabodys. The truth of the matter is he won neither. Inside Edition did in fact win a Polk Award - a full year after O’Reilly left the show.
- Mariages: In 1996 O’Reilly married Maureen McPhilmy. In 2010 they separated under less than friendly circumstances. They were divorced in 2010. O’Reilly then used his personal connections and influence as a financial supporter of the Nassau County Police Department. He was able to have an unauthorized Internal Affairs investigation conducted on a detective, whom Maureen McPhilmy started dating and eventually married.
- Upbring: O’Reilly is fond of claiming that he grew up in poverty, having stated repeatedly that, “you don’t come from any lower than I came from on the economic scale”. O’Reilly in fact grew up in an affluent neighborhood in New York and attended both private schools and college.
- Controversial Comments: Following hundreds of tragic deaths during a brutal heatwave in the southwestern United States, O’Reilly commented that the homeless victims could have survived by “finding a place to cool off”, but that they were “mentally incapable of taking care of themselves”. The truth is that the number of homeless people in the area - including entire families - outnumbered the available shelter spaces by thousands.
- Welfare: In 2001 O’Reilly stated that the number of single mothers “on welfare” comprised 58% of recipients. In reality that number was approximately 14%.
How do you think they compare? Please comment below.