Slavery Wasn't Really That Bad for Some Slaves, Says Fox News' O'Reilly

According to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, slavery wasn’t really that bad for some slaves, particularly those involved in building the White House, who “were well-fed and had decent lodgings.”


O’Reilly’s comments Tuesday were his attempt to correct First Lady Michelle Obama, who during her address at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday night reflected on the fact that she and her family “wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.”

In his need to fact-check the first lady, O’Reilly on his show said that while “slaves did participate in the construction of the White House free Blacks, whites and immigrants also worked on the massive building. There were no illegal immigrants at that time. If you could make it here, you could stay here.”

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