Bill O’Reilly had a field day on Thursday night’s O’Reilly Factor when he dissed Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
Earlier on Thursday, Putin made news for unofficially endorsing Donald Trump in his bid for the Republican presidential ballot.
Do Trump's ends justify his means? We'll have a debate tonight on The Factor — https://t.co/ZuTiDQpzfc
— Bill O'Reilly (@oreillyfactor) December 17, 2015
“He’s a really brilliant and talented person, without any doubt,” Putin said.
Bill O’Reilly spent the first part of his show exposing some of the reasons Donald Trump’s campaign has been met with so much success–after which he mocked Putin.
“By the way,” Bill O’Reilly said, “Trump apparently has made Putin his friend. Because idiot Putin today is going, “I love Donald Trump,” he doesn’t speak English, but in a Russian accent, that’s what he was saying. He loves Trump.”
Meanwhile Geraldo Rivera was poking fun at Bill O’Reilly’s rather bad Russian accent–which, for some reason, is bleeped out in the video clip.
“That’s a pretty lame accent,” Geraldo said, as O’Reilly continued on with his comments.
— Media Matters (@mmfa) December 18, 2015
Also on Thursday, Bill O’Reilly called out Donald Trump for being too “thin-skinned.”
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) December 17, 2015
So does Bill O’Reilly support Donald Trump for the GOP nomination or not? As one reporter says, “It’s complicated.”
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) December 14, 2015
“Donald Trump understands the anger sweeping America and is tapping into that,” Bill O’Reilly said in recent days. “He is not concerned that much with policy– he is running on emotion. His strategy has been brilliant, but if you take what he says literally, he can be a frightening guy.”
“I see many of his statements as over-the-top rhetoric, designed to get him votes, not necessarily written-in-stone policy pronouncements,” he added. “Talking Points does not endorse candidates, does not root, does not promote.”