Bill O'Reilly Slammed by Shonda Rhimes After Saying Slaves Who Built White House Were 'Well Fed'
Bill O'Reilly's reaction to first lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention led Shonda Rhimes to speak out against the Fox News host.
During FLOTUS' speech on Monday night in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she declared, "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. I watch my daughters -- two beautiful, intelligent, black young women -- playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."
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In a 90-minute segment on Tuesday's The O'Reilly Factor, the show's host elaborated on Obama's remarks. "Slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802," he said. "However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working, as well.”
These comments struck a chord with Rhimes, who tweeted: "The idiocy never ceases to amaze me. Try slavery, Bill. Let us know how good the food is while you wear chains."
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She added: "Bill: Chat about cuisine after they steal ur name, homeland, family then beat u, breed u and make u work for free."
Rhimes wasn't the only one up in arms over O'Reilly's remarks. Twitter exploded with messages slamming the conservative pundit, leading him to tweet in defense of his comments. "Far left loons distort tip about @FLOTUS statement that slaves built White House," he wrote. "She's correct and I provided facts."
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Kelly Clarkson has also spoken out in defense of Obama's speech. After the 34-year-old singer praised FLOTUS' message at the DNC, one of her Twitter followers responded by writing: "I'm not sure I liked the part where she said the White House was built by slaves."
Not missing a beat, Clarkson responded, "Pretty certain the slaves that built it didn't like it either."
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Here's a look at the first lady's speech that still has Twitter talking: