O’Reilly: Rise of Trump reflects ‘white grievance’ anger

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The rise of the phenomenon known as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been partly fueled by angry, working-class, white men according to Bill O’Reilly.

“All the polls say the same thing,” O’Reilly said on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday. With polls showing that 47 percent of Republican women say they will not vote for Trump, “it’s the guys who have catapulted Trump to the top of the Republican primary pack.”

This “white grievance” is not unlike the “black grievance industry” in America, O’Reilly explained, which “sells the notion” that most problems in black communities are caused by white people and historical oppression.

Similarly, many of the “aggrieved” white Americans “believe that illegal immigration hurts their job prospects, and are angered by changing neighborhoods and changing social patterns,” said O’Reilly.

“Their refrain is often, ‘I want my country back,'” he said, adding that “they see the Republican Party as largely cowardly in the face of political correctness.”

“Enter Donald Trump, who vividly reflects that anger and has criticized his own party for being weak,” said O’Reilly, noting that the “white grievance crew” feels no one is looking out for them.

Though Trump has “made serious mistakes and will have to win over millions of Americans who don’t believe he is qualified,” O’Reilly believes his supporters will remain loyal. “The issue of white grievance is not going away and Trump will maintain a very loyal level of support,” he said.

O’Reilly warned that if Trump does not secure the GOP nomination, “the ‘stay-home’ factor in next November’s vote is likely to be substantial.”

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