Things got a little uncomfortable Tuesday night on “The O’Reilly Factor” when Fox News liberal contributor Kirsten Powers blew up on host Bill O’Reilly during a discussion on illegal immigration.
Powers, who appears to favor an open border mentality, began by denigrating Irish immigrants from a century ago — O’Reilly is Irish — and then questioned “his sudden fascination with Central Americans.”
“You don’t seem to really know what you’re talking about,” O’Reilly said after he pointed out that the overwhelming number of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border with Mexico are from that region.
“I am so tired of this with you,” Powers shot back. “I’m so tired of your mocking — mocking liberals because they care about people, that there’s something self-righteous about wanting to take care of children. You know, I thought this was a Christian thing, Bill.”
Viewers could cut the tension with a knife.
The exchange quickly became a focal point on Twitter, as documented by Twitchy.com:
This O’Reilly Kirsten Powers shootout on immigration is , ummm, awkward.
— Nels (@debitking) July 9, 2014
Ms Powers going off on O’Reilly she is defending O’s policy her and Nancy want open border — Tom (@USMC_E4) July 9, 2014
Bill O’Reilly is raking Kirstin Powers over the coals.What about those children that are being raped coming across Mexico? Not helping them — Hereistheanswer (@hereistheanswer) July 9, 2014
This is how bad it is getting…tonight, I was actually wishing Juan Williams was on O’Reilly instead of Kirsten Powers!
— Robert Carter (@rcarter1953) July 9, 2014
You’re oh so caring,Kirsten.How many of these illegal immigrants with diseases can we sign YOU up to take care of?Hypocrite! @KirstenPowers
— Ken Wahl (@KenWahl1) July 9, 2014