Trump supporters believe Trump is right on the most important issues to them – immigration, trade, and foreign policy and because he has some appeal to independents and moderate Democrats and can expand the Republican tent. He does however constantly trip over his enormously large ego and his lack of detail and fluctuating views unsettles many.
Bill O’Reilly had trouble getting Trump to go on his show because Trump is often annoyed or downright infuriated at Bill O but he did go on two days ago.
O’Reilly asked Trump about being considered a vulgarian by some, which he took back later, and Trump tweeted the following the next day,
Why does the liberal media think Bill O’Reilly (@oreillyfactor) is a complete and total vulgarian? I don’t think so!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2016
No slight will pass him by. A problem if he’s president?
Bill O did press Trump on his low poll numbers with minorities.
“I think we’re gonna do fantastic with African-Americans and with Hispanics,” Trump told O’Reilly.
“What’s your message to African-Americans?” O’Reilly responded.
“My message is that I’m gonna bring jobs back,” Trump retorted. “China has the jobs. Mexico has the jobs. Japan has the jobs. Everybody has the jobs — we don’t have the jobs. The jobs have been taken out of the United States like we’re a bunch of babies.”
O’Reilly continued to press Trump, asking him about the “grievance industry” that feel as if they are “owed” something because of slavery.
“I’m telling you, it’s an economic message,” Trump said. “If you look at President Obama, he’s been a president for almost eight years, it will be eight years, you have with black youth, with African-American youth, you have a 59 percent unemployment.”
“How are you going to get jobs for them?” O’Reilly shot back. “Many of them are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads — and I hate to generalize about it but it’s true — if you look at all the educational statistics, how are you going to give jobs to people who aren’t qualified for jobs?”
Trump again said he’d bring back jobs and Bill O said they don’t even have basic skills to which Trump responded: “We will get the skills. We will develop the skills. We have an incredible population.”
“It’s more challenging for a poor child in Harlem without parental guidance in a school that’s falling apart than it is for some white kid out in Garden City,” O’Reilly said back. “You say you can bring jobs back, but if the kid isn’t qualified to do the job and can’t do the work, I mean, you’ve got to get into the infrastructure of the African-American community.”
Trump went on to tell O’Reilly that while education is important, it’s also about “spirit.”
“Well, it is true. It’s about education, but it’s also about spirit,” he said. “A lot of people don’t have spirit. Not only African-Americans, but we don’t have spirit in our country.”