The O'Reilly Factor
A daily summary of segments aired on The O'Reilly Factor. A preview of the evening's rundown is posted before the show airs each weeknight.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
The Factor Rundown
Talking Points Memo
Impact Segment
Unresolved Problems
Personal Story
Weekdays with Bernie
Watters' World
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What Donald Trump Should Say in his Inaugural Address Tomorrow
"We're getting word that Donald Trump's address will run about 30 minutes, but less is more. George Washington's second Inaugural address was less than five minutes, as the old general didn't really have a lot to say at that point. Mr. Trump does have a lot to say because he is in a unique position. There are powerful forces committed to destroying him, and the national media is a big part of that quest. So Talking Points believes that President Trump should not only say what his vision for America is, but why he feels his policies will help the folks. The only way to overcome the hatred is to communicate directly to the people. A new Fox News poll asked, does Donald Trump listen to people like you? 40% say Trump does a good job in that regard, 50% say he does a bad job. So the more the new president can direct his remarks to the folks, the stronger his position will be. And on that note, I have changed my opinion. I used to think all this Tweeting hurt Donald Trump. But now it's a necessity because he can expect to be attacked every day and he must have a rapid defense mechanism in his own words. As for Trump's message, it has to be economic based - how to improve the financial situation for hard working Americans. All of his domestic policies have to revolve around that theme, and he has to connect them in his address. For example, if you're going to crack down on border security, explain how that will help Americans make a better living. If you're going to knock out a bunch of environmental regulations, say how that will improve the country. It will not be enough for Donald Trump just to proclaim, he will have to explain. One sad fact is that no matter what Donald Trump says, it will not be accepted by those who despise him. He can overcome that if he talks directly to the people and if he emerges as their champion through policy success."

The Factor invited reaction from historian Jon Meacham and conservative analyst David Azerrad. "I think it would be a graceful note," Meacham said, "to allude to all the former presidents who will be there. And then he can pivot and say it's not just about presidents, but about the people. He should also ask people to judge him on what he does." Azerrad advised President-elect Trump to focus on the themes that helped him win. "He's not going to win over his critics with this speech because 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has already set in among the social justice warriors and chattering classes. So he should hammer away at the core promise of his campaign, that he will tirelessly champion the forgotten men and women of this country. He should talk about borders and putting America first. Now is not the time to go after the elites and cronies, this is when you want an uplifting message."
Immigration Action
The Factor was joined by Brandon Judd, who represents Border Patrol agents and expects major changes in a Trump administration. "There is a buzz in the Border Patrol that we have never heard before," he rejoiced. "We feel we now have a president who we can trust and who has the political will to secure the border. We expect to see a lot of policies changed that have undermined border security. Right now we just release most of the illegal immigrants we arrest, we are rewarding them for breaking our laws. President Trump's rise was based on his border security stance."
Immigration Situation in California
California has withdrawn a request for permission to allow illegal immigrants to purchase health insurance through ObamaCare. The Factor asked Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman whether Donald Trump's election played a role in his state's about-face. "This request was to allow undocumented immigrants shop on the ObamaCare website," Sherman said, "and yes it was indeed Donald Trump that caused California to withdraw that waiver. Two of the things he hates most are undocumented immigrants and ObamaCare! Donald Trump's message is that if undocumented immigrants want to buy health insurance, they can buy it anywhere but on these exchanges." Congressman Sherman, no fan of Donald Trump, said he will attend the inauguration "out of respect for the system."
Prayer and the Inauguration
Pastor Robert Jeffress, who will pray with Donald Trump and Mike Pence Friday, entered the No Spin Zone to share his message for the incoming duo. "I'm not going to lecture the president," Jeffress said, "I'm going to encourage him. So I will compare him to another great leader chosen by God to restore the nation of Israel 2,500 years ago. God didn't choose a priest, he chose a builder named Nehemiah and told him to build a giant wall around Jerusalem to protect the citizens." The Factor added, "Nehemiah was a regular guy and God called on him."
Bernie Takes On John Lewis
Bernie Goldberg joined The Factor and criticized Congressman John Lewis, who is leading the Democratic boycott of the inauguration. "I met John Lewis in Atlanta years ago," Goldberg began, "and he was gracious and dignified. He is a genuine American hero who made America a better place. He believes he is a man of principle and this is a principled response to what he considers the illegitimacy of Donald Trump. But he also considered George W. Bush illegitimate, he compared John McCain to George Wallace, and he suggested that Mitt Romney would take us back to the bad old days of segregation. John Lewis is a hyper-partisan liberal Democrat who has tried to delegitimize many different kinds of Republicans. It bothers me that his supporters think that because of his biography he is beyond reproach." The Factor added, "He doesn't support anyone on the other team, to him every single Republican is evil."
Watters' World: Inauguration Edition
Jesse Watters hit the streets of Washington and spoke with some young people about Donald Trump's imminent presidency. A couple of their replies: "I don't hate him, I just don't think he doesn't use his words very well" ..."I don't hate anyone." Watters then caught up with the Talladega Marching Band, which made it to D.C. largely thanks to the generosity of Factor viewers. "I'm excited to be here," one musician told Watters, and even an anti-Trump band member expressed her optimism: "I wasn't too happy about it at first, but everybody deserves a second chance." Watters concluded, "A lot of these band members have never been out of Alabama and they took a bus 13 hours to get here."