O’Reilly says California senator Kamala Harris won’t be getting his vote and Twitter is laughing
California senator Kamala Harris announced this week that she’s tossing her hat in the ring for president, an announcement that’s equal parts unsurprising and reason to celebrate. Unfortunately, one white man already decided he wasn’t voting for her — and his name is Bill O’Reilly.
Yes, the very same Bill O’Reilly who was fired from Fox News for sexual harassment allegations and who paid off one of his accusers to the tune of $32 million. The New York Times reported that the giant payout “was at least the sixth agreement — and by far the largest — made by either Mr. O’Reilly or the company to settle harassment allegations against him.”
But back to his tweet letting the public know in no uncertain terms he will not be voting for Kamala for president come 2020 in case anyone cares what this irrelevant old bat has to say. “She denied Brett Kavanaugh due process in front of the nation, and in so doing has lost my vote,” he said in part. “I could not imagine any American for somebody who does not believe in due process.”
Full steam ahead on 2020 – Kamala Harris announced she will run today. She denied Brett Kavanaugh due process in front of the nation, and in so doing has lost my vote. I could not imagine any American for somebody who does not believe in due process. pic.twitter.com/9NzPikOzM7
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) January 21, 2019
Twitter was swift and hilariously fierce with their response to O’Reilly’s comment since, you know, he’s one of the most outspoken right-wing people out there:
She won't be able to recover from this.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 21, 2019
23 million dollars says you should sit this one out little buddy.— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) January 22, 2019
if Bill O’Reilly supports you, it’s time to rethink your entire life— Magneto Rex (@MagnetoRex4Life) January 21, 2019
I bet your three podcast listeners think you are awesome for doing that.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) January 21, 2019
Dear God, someone tell Kamala there’s no path forward without Bill— Anita Creamer (@AnitaCreamer) January 22, 2019
oh no kamala lost bill o'reilly's vote is her campaign already unraveling https://t.co/MgTnaZNUPo— Deanna McDonald (@deannagmcdonald) January 22, 2019
Oh, I'm sure you could have come up with a different reason to not vote for a Black woman if you didn't have this one.— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) January 21, 2019
Others pointed out a small crack in O’Reilly’s reasoning. Namely, Kavanaugh was applying for a job. There’s no due process for answering what amounts to job interview questions last time anyone checked.
There is no such thing as due process for job interviews. This includes applying for a job at the grocery store or the Supreme Court.— 🐼 (@b1205) January 21, 2019
Fack you. Due process. It was a job interview not a criminal prosecution. You know this though. You also know your fans are misogynist morons.— MomsThoughts™ (@MomsThoughts) January 21, 2019
Though she did check him a time or two during the eight minutes she had to grill him during that interview, namely over his stance on women’s rights and their overall decisions when it comes to their bodies:
Can you think of any laws that give the government the power to make decisions about the male body?pic.twitter.com/lDcXPZ56hX
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) September 6, 2018
But it was Harris’ communications director, Lily Adams, that had the most poetic response:
Somehow, we will soldier on pic.twitter.com/1P1hyMizBf
— Lily Adams (@adamslily) January 21, 2019
While others offered their “thoughts and prayers” to Harris, one Twitter user called it the most “unbreaking” of news.
— John Moffitt (@JohnRMoffitt) January 22, 2019
Harris has been a senator for California since 2017 and before that, served as the 32nd Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017. Her announcement was thrilling to many, and the timing — coming near the end of a three-day holiday weekend celebrating the Women’s March and civil rights — was poetic.
“When I look at this moment in time, I know the American people deserve to have someone who is going to fight for them … and put them in front of self-interest,” she said in an announcement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Elizabeth Warren also announced her intention to form an exploratory committee to run and with a few other women in the pipeline including New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the 2020 Democratic nomination should be an exciting and historical one, to say the least.
Of course, it’s doubtful O’Reilly will hand out his vote to any of these qualified women either because, vaginas. It’s uncertain how they will ever manage without him.