The O'Reilly Factor
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The Factor Rundown
Tuesday: Trump in the No Spin Zone
Donald Trump's Big Gamble
"By going to Mexico last week, Donald Trump signaled that he is willing to engage in diplomacy. But as soon as he got back to the USA, he repeated his policy of being tough on illegal aliens. And that is Mr. Trump's big gamble: He is hoping that American voters are fed up with a federal government that will not enforce immigration law, thereby allowing chaos to reign and actual harm to come to Americans. The Republican ticket believes there are many voters who are silently sick of permissive immigration policies in place for decades. There is no question that illegal immigration is an explosive issue, one that allowed Donald Trump to win the Republican nomination. Many people shy away from openly supporting tough measures against illegal aliens even though they may support them. For those voters Trump offers a border wall, a crackdown on sanctuary cities, and zero tolerance for aliens who commit crimes on American soil. That's a powerful lure for disenchanted voters. That being said, there is no question that Donald Trump will not deport millions of aliens who have been peaceful while residing in the USA and he seems to be moderating his position on that. Although it's not directly linked, the race situation is also a problem for Mr. Trump. African Americans will not vote for him in great numbers primarily because the Democratic Party retains credibility in the black precincts. Donald Trump's foray to Detroit was a wise move even though the usual suspects slammed him. Talking Points well understands that Donald Trump will have to overwhelmingly win the white vote to have any chance at being president, and last week's immigration and race story lines might have helped him. A new CNN poll has Trump leading Hillary Clinton and, according to CNN, 90% of Republican voters now support him. But it all comes down to electoral votes and here Donald Trump has some difficulty. Hillary Clinton is competing in states like Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina, which usually vote Republican. Donald Trump needs to win those three, along with Florida, Ohio and either Pennsylvania or Michigan. That will not be easy. Summing up, Trump's tough stance on immigration looks to be a winner for him. The race deal is primarily symbolic and blacks will vote for Mrs. Clinton. But with a debate coming up in less than three weeks, Trump still has a fighting chance."
Taking on Hillary Clinton
The Factor invited Donald Trump himself to evaluate the campaign and his disproportional appeal to men. "A lot of support from men," he surmised, "has to do with the military and the strength of the borders. Hillary wants Syrian refugees to pour into our country and I do not. But I also think I'll do very well with women and we are now doing very well with married women, which is also about national security and jobs. I'm not sure there is such a big difference." Trump also theorized that polls may be understating his support among black Americans. "I'm talking about bringing back our jobs and I had a tremendous experience last week with African Americans. The reaction in Detroit was amazing, these are people of faith who were so warm and so genuine. This was a love fest!" Trump contended that he is doing very well in the swing states that will decide the Electoral College, although he did concede, "The Republican Party has a tougher road."
Trump, The Wall, and Deportation
Returning for a second segment, Donald Trump tried to clarify his position on illegal immigration. "I never talked about dragging people out of their homes," he stated. "We will have a very strong border, we will have a wall, and Mexico will pay for it. I will authorize getting rid of all the drug lords and gang members and people who should not be here illegally. The local police know who they are. We are going to stabilize our border, and then down the road we will make a determination about the people who have not committed a crime other than being here illegally." Finally, Trump addressed the issue of releasing his tax returns. "Nobody cares about this except some folks in the media. I am under a routine audit and when it's completed I will release my returns. Meanwhile, Hillary has 33,000 emails that she deleted. Let her release her emails and I'll release my tax returns immediately!"
Reaction to Trump Interview
Juan Williams and Lisa Boothe analyzed the Trump interview. "What was interesting was watching you telling him that he has modified his immigration plan," Williams observed, "but he pushed back a little bit. He was playing games with you, he didn't want to say he softened his stance because of the red meat speech he gave in Arizona." Boothe contended that immigration actually has very little to do with Trump's improved standing of late. "He's doing better because he's on message, he's talking about jobs and the economy. That's what voters want to hear, while the immigration issue is completely overblown. Even to Hispanic voters, jobs and health care and the economy are the top issues." The Factor strongly disagreed, saying, "The reason Donald Trump has come up from 70% to 90% among Republicans is immigration."
The Clinton Foundation's Troubles
While Hillary Clinton insists that the Clinton Foundation is completely transparent, there are allegations that donations to the foundation helped land access to the State Department. For example, Bill Clinton was paid $17.6 million over five years to serve as 'honorary chancellor' of for-profit Laureate Universities. Meanwhile, Laureate's founder Doug Becker was invited to at least one State Department dinner. Charles Krauthammer scrutinized the situation. "Bill Clinton used his name and reputation to cash in," Dr. K said. "It's unsavory when a president is doing it, but even if his wife were not Secretary of State, he would have been doing something like this. He's saying, 'I will endorse your product so you can grow the business,' and he got paid a lot of money. I don't think this will have a major effect on her, but the bigger story is that this keeps coming out. There is nothing that escapes the smothering cloud of these stories."
Watters on Race and the Election
Jesse Watters, Brotherly Love personified, went to Philadelphia to speak with some folks about the contentious issue of race. Here are a few of their observations: "A racist has something against certain types of people" ... "A racist is a person who loves their race" ... "I've been called the 'n' word" ... "We don't talk about race enough" ... "Every time you turn around there's an incident involving a black versus a white or Hispanic." Back in the studio, Jesse joked, "I think my piece might have contributed to further polarization and racism in America."
The QB, The National Anthem, and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
As you know, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand for the pre-game National Anthem because he sees cops as 'oppressive.' But most police officers are exceptionally restrained and competent and deserving of our respect. That includes you, Mr. Kaepernick.