Bill O’Reilly Says Slaves Who Built the White House Were “Well Fed”

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Seriously Bill O'Reilly? GTFOH!

The longtime TV host went off on Fox News show The O'Reilly Factor earlier this week, defending himself over comments he previously said that slaves who built the White House were "well fed and had decent lodgings."

O'Reilly made the comments on Tuesday (July 26), in response to First Lady Michelle Obama's speech at the DNC the night before, in which she said, "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."

On his show, O'Reilly said the White House was not built entirely by slaves and that those who did participate in its construction were treated well. His comments did not go over well ... and the backlash has been severe online.

Tim74 on Twitter, wrote: "Bill O’Reilly said some slaves had it pretty good. Interesting. Does he have any positive spin on the Holocaust? He seems glass-half-full."

O'Reilly later responded to criticisms, essentially says that he was explaining history, not defending it, as it is "a given that slavery is an abomination."

"As any honest historian knows, in order to keep slaves and free laborers strong, the Washington administration provided meat, bread and other staples, also decent lodging on the grounds of the new presidential building," he said.

He went on to call the criticism of his response as a smear campaign from "left wing zealots" who want to "harm the Fox News channel."

"I think the time has come now, where this whole network is going to have to band together, all of us, and we are going to have to call out the people who are actively trying to destroy this network, by using lies and deception and propaganda. We're going to have to start to call them out by name, because that's how bad it's become."