When the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare as a constitutional program, the decision made an ass out of Bill O’Reilly, who promised back in March to apologize for being an idiot if his prediction that the Affordable Care Act would be struck down turned out to be inaccurate. On Monday night, during his show on Fox News, it was time for O’Reilly to face the music, and he did. Well, sort of.
O’Reilly lamely apologized after stating that he wasn’t really sorry and excused his being totally wrong by saying that he couldn’t have foreseen “the John Roberts situation.”
“I’m not really sorry, but I am a man of my word, so I apologize for not factoring in the John Roberts situation,” O’Reilly stated. “Truthfully, I never in a million years would have thought the Chief Justice would go beyond the scope of the commerce clause to date and into taxation. I may be an idiot for not considering that.”
Here’s the video:
Is it just me, or did O’Reilly take a slight dig at John Roberts? The way O’Reilly uses the word ‘situation’ irks me. Exactly what “situation” is O’Reilly referring to? Is this right-wing code for ‘Roberts’ medication caused him to rule the way he did?’ Since the ruling, conservatives have been trying to push the ridiculous and insulting claim that the Chief Justice made his decision due to side-effects from his seizure medication, and therefore didn’t know what he was doing by ruling in favor of the law as a tax.
So did O’Reilly just quietly push the conservative claim that Roberts’ medication made the decision, or was he being honest about not really seeing that tax option ruling coming? If O’Reilly did indeed sling this mud at Roberts, he should be ashamed of himself. Suggesting that Chief Justice Roberts made his decision because of medication undermines the Supreme Court and suggests that Roberts is incapable of performing the duties of the Court. I may disagree with Roberts on many of his decisions, but I refuse to say that his medication or health has anything to do with those decisions. It’s an insult to the Court, checks and balances, the Constitution, and John Roberts to push such a disgusting idea, and if O’Reilly should apologize for anything, it’s this. Even if O’Reilly merely used the wrong wording here, his apology was clearly not an apology, especially when the first words out of his mouth are “I’m not really sorry,” and the last ones are “I may be an idiot.” That’s not keeping his word at all. Bill O’Reilly is an idiot, although he really didn’t follow through on his promise to admit it, and I believe if Keith Olbermann were still on the air, I believe Bill-O would once again be the worst person in the world. ￼
Sign up to have all the AddictingInfo you can handle delivered directly to your email here!