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O'Reilly to Trump: Calling the election 'rigged' is unpatriotic


"The vote cannot be possibly rigged two weeks from tonight."

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Donald Trump found an unlikely adversary Tuesday night in Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who called the Republican presidential nominee's recent talk of a "rigged" election "not a patriotic thing."

"The vote cannot be possibly rigged two weeks from tonight," O'Reilly said. "And Mr. Trump should accept whatever happens at that vote, unless there's compelling evidence of corruption. Undermining our electoral system is not a patriotic thing."

However, though the Fox host took issue with Trump's suggestion that the actually vote tally could be predetermined, which he called "virtually impossible," he did agree with the billionaire businessman's belief that the system is stacked against him in many respects, citing issues with the mainstream media and the Justice Department.

"On the media front, there's no question Americans are not getting objective reporting generally speaking," O'Reilly said. "That's because so many journalists are committed to the left, so many Republicans and conservative candidates face rigged coverage."

And when it comes to the Justice Department, O'Reilly raised a recent revelation from the Wall Street Journal, which reported that a political action committee with ties to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), a longtime ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton, donated nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an FBI official who later helped oversee the investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee's use of a private email server during her time at the State Department.

"If you're wife is getting $675,000 from one of Clinton's closest friends, you don't investigate Hillary Clinton," O'Reilly said. "The appearance of corruption is staggering."

While the conservative commentator didn't say the process necessarily was corrupted by the FBI official's involvement, he noted that "the optics are awful and FBI Director James Comey had to know that."

"But overall, if you don't think the federal political and justice system has severe problems," O'Reilly concluded, "you are living in the Land of Oz."

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