Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Monday night quizzed Donald Trump on a chart retweeted by the Republican presidential candidate that incorrectly portrayed how many white people are murdered by black people, telling Trump that the chart was “totally wrong.”
Trump on Sunday retweeted this inaccurate, racially charged chart that may have originated with a neo-Nazi Twitter account:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2015
On Monday night, O’Reilly told Trump that the “liberal media” is trying to portray him as a racist, though the Fox host said he’s never seen the real estate mogul be racist.
“However, when you tweet out a thing, and this bothered me, I gotta tell you, you tweeted out that whites killed by blacks — these were statistics you picked up from somewhere — at a rate of 81 percent. And that’s totally wrong,” O’Reilly said.
Trump attempted to defend himself and replied, “I didn’t tweet, I retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert, and it was also a radio show.”
“Why do you want to be in that zone?” O’Reilly asked.
“Hey, Bill, Bill, am I gonna check every statistic?” Trump asked in response. “I get millions and millions of people.”
“You’re a presidential contender, you gotta check ’em,” O’Reilly then told Trump.
Trump again defended himself and said, “But this came out of radio shows and everything else.”
“Oh, come on, radio shows?” O’Reilly asked.
The real estate mogul again reiterated that it was only a retweet, prompting a final lecture from O’Reilly.
“Don’t do this. Don’t put your name on stuff like this because it makes the other side, it gives them stuff to tell the ill-informed voter that you’re a racist,” the Fox host said. “You’re just handing them a platter.”
Watch O’Reilly’s interview with Trump via Fox News. They begin discussing the retweet at the 3:50 mark.