History buff Bill O’Reilly fact-checked Michelle Obama’s claim that the White House was built by slaves

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly caused controversy Tuesday by fact checking Michelle Obama’s Democrat national convention speech.

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” she said during her keynote speech Monday at the DNC.

O’Reilly called her claim accurate but provided additional facts.

“Slaves did participate in the construction of the White House. Records show about 400 payments made to slave masters between 1795 and 1801. In addition, free blacks, whites, and immigrants also worked on the massive building,” he said.

“Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802. However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well,” he added.

Predictably his comments were met with backlash on social media.

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