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Bill O'Reilly Reacts to the Brexit
Guest: Bill O'Reilly
The United Kingdom stunned the world by voting to leave the European Union. Eric Bolling was filling in for Bill O'Reilly, but Bill called into The Factor to provide his analysis of this huge story.
Bolling asked Bill why he thought the UK voted to leave the EU.
"It's about immigration, open borders," O'Reilly answered. "British tradition is very strong. And what has happened over the past 30 years is that the British system has allowed so many people in. And those folks generally speaking have not assimilated. So that if you go to parts of London, you're not really in England, you're in Pakistan or you're in the Middle East or you're in the West Indies.
"And everybody knows this. And I think that with 'the open border, EU policy, anybody can go anywhere, anytime,' that the English people said you know what, enough."
Trouble Ahead for the Democrats?
Guest: Austan Goolsbee
Does the Brexit foreshadow political trouble for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton?
The Factor brought in former Obama economics advisor Austan Goolsbee onto the show for analysis.
"If in Brooklyn the Clinton campaign is taking great comfort that they're ahead in the polls, I think [the Brexit] has got to at least put a warning flag ... that some of these issues may be worse than what the polls say," Goolsbee said.
Goolsbee said the Brexit vote also could prove to be bad news for Trump.
"If this thing leads to a recession in the UK - in the short run you certainly saw all the stock markets including ours go down quite a lot," Goolsbee said. "If they start having serious economic problems in the short run because of a policy that was perceived as Trumpism, I don't think necessarily that would help Trump."
Guests: Ben Carson & Katrina Pierson
The Factor brought in Trump supporters Ben Carson and Katrian Pierson to assess the impact of the Brexit vote on the United States.
Dr. Carson said the situation in the U.K. was similar in many ways to what is happening in America.
"The pundits and the polls predicted a very different result and I don't think they understood the level of frustration of the British populace, the hourly workers who are seeing their jobs lost to people coming in who don't necessarily share their same values and culture," Carson said. "I think it does have implications for the United States. I think many, particularly the punditry, think they actually know what's going on and they think they know the mind of the American people. And I don't think they do."
Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said the Brexit vote showed how working people around the world want to have more say in international institutions, and the American people want Trump to get better deals for workers.
"Mr. Trump wants to get in office and re-negotiate every horrible thing the elites have done to this country," Pierson said.
Economic Overview of the UK Vote
Guests: Charles Payne & Trish Regan
The UK vote to leave the European Union sent financial markets plummeting around the world today.
The Factor asked the Fox Business Network's Charles Payne about it, and he thought the economic pain would be relatively brief.
"The traders were somewhat upbeat because [the stock market plunge] is seen as a knee-jerk emotional reaction to something that a lot of analysts think will ultimately be a good thing for the United Kingdom, making them a more competitive nation," Payne said.
FBN's Trish Regan explained the steep drop in the stock markets on the surprise factor.
"People did not think this would happen," Trish Regan said. "Markets don't like to be surprised. And they were surprised by this vote."
UK Vote and Fighting Terror
Guest: Sebastian Gorka
Sebastian Gorka, author of the bestselling book "Defeating Jihad," joined The Factor to analyze whether or not the Brexit vote would make the U.S. more vulnerable to terrorism given all the intelligence sharing agreements with Britain and Europe.
"I think the Brexit vote could in fact have some very positive national security side effects, and not only for the U.K. and/or Europe, but potentially for the United States," Gorka said. "We know we've had a decades-long special relationship with London. I think that will be reinforced. Even President Obama today was explicit that that will be maintained. But I think the Brexit vote is really at its core, a attack against political correctness."
The Immigration Debate Taking Center Stage
Guests: Scott Rasmussen & Rick Grenell
Immigration is taking central stage in the presidential campaign and according to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the UK vote was no different. He said the migrant situation in the UK was a big reason for the vote.
Scott Rasmussen, president of the Rasmussen Media Group, told The Factor the public was angry about immigration because most political figures want to ignore the issue.
"It is a big issue, but I think you have to understand part of the power comes because the political class doesn't want it to be an issue at all," Rasmussen said. "They want to ignore legitimate concerns of voters and simply say, 'well if you disagree with us on immigration you're a racist.'"
Richard Grenell, a Republican strategist, said Republicans can make gains on the immigration issue so long as they make the distinction between immigration and illegal immigration.
"I think what conservatives have to do is do a better job of bifurcation immigration from illegal immigration," Grenell said. "Donald Trump needs to make very clear he's talking about illegal immigration."
New Legends & Lies and New Podcast
Eric Bolling previewed a new episode of Legends & Lies that airs at 8p.m. ET on the Fox News Channel on Sunday and goes in depth on the Battle of Bunker Hill and Benjamin Franklin.
He also recommended a new BillOReilly.com podcast hosted by Factor producer Robert Samuel called the Contributing Factor. The podcast provides even more information and background on the stories The Factor is covering, and the first episode features an interview with Bill O'Reilly himself. The Contributing Factor is available on iTunes and BillOReilly.com.