Fox News host Bill O’Reilly pressed Republican frontrunner Donald Trump on Monday night over a controversial crime statistics tweet he published from his account.
On Sunday, the real estate mogul manually retweeted an infograph that contained incorrect information on crime statistics in the U.S. Critics slammed Trump for the move, with many contending the graph was racist in nature.
“When you tweet out a thing, and this bothered me, I got to tell you. You tweeted out that whites killed by blacks, these are statistics you picked up form somewhere, at a rate of 81 percent — and that’s totally wrong,” O’Reilly told Trump. “Whites killed by blacks 15 percent. Yet you tweeted it was 81 percent.”
“Bill, I didn’t tweet. I retweeted somebody who was supposedly an expert and was also a radio show,” Trump quipped back.
“Hey Bill, am I going to check every statistic? I get millions and millions at @realDonaldTrump, by the way,” Trump added. “I have millions of people.”
“You got to, you’re a presidential candidate,” O’Reilly shot back.
“Alright, fine. But this came out of a radio shows and everything else,” Trump said.
O’Reilly wasn’t happy with the answer.
“Oh, c’mon! Radio shows?” the Fox News host rhetorically asked.
“Excuse me, all it was was a retweet. It wasn’t from me. It came out of a radio show and other places.”
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