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O'Reilly Admits Trump's Orlando Reaction Was 'Self-Congratulatory'

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 June 2016 11:47 AM EDT

Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly admitted Monday night his friend and Republican candidate for president Donald Trump went a bit too far with a remark after the Orlando terror attack.

O'Reilly was a guest on the "Late Show" and told host Stephen Colbert Trump's self-centered reactions on Twitter and Facebook were too political.

The exchange begins about 4:15 into the interview.

"It's a political response," O'Reilly said.

Colbert added, "It seems fairly self-congratulatory."

O'Reilly then said, "Yes it is. He's a politician. It shouldn't shock you. Trump has two things: the economy and terrorism."

Colbert then took the floor and made a political statement, which was followed by a round of applause from the audience.

"There are a lot of politicians who would not say, 'I appreciate the congrats,' or, 'I called it,'" Colbert said. "That's not political behavior, that's grandstanding."

O'Reilly said Trump is "using this terror-ism issue to bolster his popularity."

On Sunday, less than 12 hours after the terror attack left 49 people dead at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Trump posted this message on Twitter:


He followed that a short time later with a similar message on his Facebook page:



Democrat Hillary Clinton, her party's presumptive presidential nominee, had a softer reaction to the attack and called for stricter gun control measures

O'Reilly was asked how the two candidates' reactions differed.

"Trump is bringing a robust, 'I'm gonna get these guys' attitude to the table," O'Reilly said. "Mrs. Clinton is bringing a more nuanced situation. Trump is betting that the country now wants a real avenger. That's what he's betting.

"Mrs. Clinton, she's very tied into the Obama legacy. She needs him to campaign. It's political advantage, if this is what we're talking about, to Trump on this one. He has the advantage on this one. And he wants to be president. Well, he's gonna use it."

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Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly admitted Monday night his friend and Republican candidate for president Donald Trump went a bit too far with a remark after the Orlando terror attack.
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