In an interview with President Donald Trump aired Tuesday, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly asked the president if it hurts his feelings when the press calls him a “hater.”
Asked about his daily routine as president, Trump said he begins his mornings by reading the papers and watching television — and claimed that he sees “lies” there.
He said some outlets will “purposely” distort stories about his presidency that “should be good.”
“Why are they doing that?” O’Reilly asked.
“Well, because I’m on the other side of the equation,” Trump said, adding that “they did it to Reagan, but not as much.”
“It’s just the other side of the coin. They call themselves progressive, which is a beautiful word, but it’s not true,” he said, adding, “I don’t think they like anybody on our side.”
O’Reilly noted that some of Trump’s critics say that he discriminates against minorities and the poor.
“Does it hurt your feelings that they are making you into a hater?” O’Reilly asked.
“No, because they always do it,” Trump replied. “The first thing they do with the Republicans or conservatives is the racist card, they pull out the racist card, they always do that, not just me, I mean they do it with everybody. And I see that, and once you know that, you feel a lot better about it.”
O’Reilly asked Trump if he’ll be able to “convince” the “entities in this country that despise you and your administration” to “take it down a bit.”
“Yes, I do, I think so,” Trump replied. “I think success will do that, I think jobs will do that, I think companies coming back into our country will do that.”
Trump also said that being president is “like a surreal experience in a certain way,” but “you have to get over it.”