O’Reilly on Hillary ‘Deplorables’ Remarks: ‘Branding People Racist Is Despicable’

Monday on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” host Bill O’Reilly criticized Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her Friday remarks describing 50 percent of Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables” that hold certain beliefs. Transcript as follows: Not since President William Henry Harrison died of reported pneumonia in 1841 just 32 days into his term has that lung infection so captured the imagination of American voters. As you most likely know by now, Hillary Clinton faltered at a 9/11 memorial on Sunday. Her campaign announcing afterward that she has pneumonia, something they knew last Friday. Now the stamina of both Mrs. Clinton and Donald Trump is amazing. These people are under constant pressure, in motion all the time, and the fact that they can pull it off is astounding. Going forward, both candidates should be candid about their health because it is a major factor in leadership. But that situation is far overshadowed by the “basket of deplorables” comment. Friday night: (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) HILLARY CLINTON: “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there