I am a strong, black woman and I cannot be intimidated, I cannot be undermined, I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O’Reilly or anybody — Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly had the audacity to mock Rep. Maxine Water’s hair after she made comments on the House Floor. On Tuesday, O’Reilly said he “didn’t hear a word because he was focused on the James Brown wig.”
“I love her. Maxine Waters should have her own sitcom,” “The O’Reilly Factor” host joked on “Fox & Friends” when asked about the longtime congresswoman questioning the patriotism of President Trump’s supporters in a speech on Monday.
“People get angry with Maxine Waters. I want more of it,” he said.
O’Reilly was then shown a clip of Waters saying Trump supporters “turned a blind eye to the destruction” the president was “about to cause the country.”
Co-host Brian Kilmeade laughed and said, “He’s not using it anymore,” he said. “They just ― they finally buried him.”
Ainsley Earhardt, another co-host, defended Waters. “You can’t go after a woman’s looks,” she said. “I think she’s very attractive.”
O’Reilly responded: “I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive. I love James Brown but it’s the same hair James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, had … whatever it is, I just couldn’t get by it.”
In a statement Tuesday afternoon, O’Reilly expressed regret for the remarks.
“As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs,” he said. “I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize.”
Rep. Maxine Waters responded:
I am a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated, and I'm not going anywhere. #BlackWomenAtWork
— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) March 29, 2017
“I’m not responding to him. First of all, let me thank Hillary Clinton for standing up for all women, in particular for black women.” “I’m a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined. I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O’Reilly or anybody.”
“And I’d like to say to women out there and everywhere: don’t allow these right-wing, horrible people to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are, do what you do, and let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country.”
“Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes have no credibility. They have been sued by women. They’ve had to pay millions of dollars out in fines for harassment and other kinds of things.”