Transcript for Bill O'Reilly on Gun Control, Presidential Race
Let's talk to bill O'Reilly, anchor of "The O'Reilly factor" on Fox News. Thanks for coming in. A lot of movement on guns. Do you think something will happen. I think congress has to debate which kind of weaponry is available to the public and which isn't very specifically and that's a worthy debate and should do it. Beyond that, I hate to see this war on terror politicize because that's what's going on. That's exactly what's happening and one of the things we're seeing is Donald Trump seeming to try to urge the NRA to do something on this terror watch list. Do you think they're going to move? Well, look, I mean they have to have a specific law that if you're under suspicion you can't buy a gun but you can't just do that now. There has to be a law because the guy, Mateen, he was clean. He didn't have any arrest record so you can't deny him the right that Florida gives its citizens to do whatever they want to do. But if you pass a new law that says if you're on a federal watch list, then you're denied this, this, this and this, it can happen. We'll see what happens today. You talk about the politicizing of the gun debate. You've seen president Obama come out and Hillary Clinton come out. You've seen Donald Trump come out and the initial days, it seems like Donald Trump is kind of doubling down on the same strategy he had during the primaries. Of course. Will that work in the general election? Who knows. He's got two issues, he has two issues only. The economy and terrorism. That's it. Social issues don't matter this year and he's not strong on them anyway so he'll hammer those two issues every time he's in the public forum. One of the things you see happening with that, it's causing a fair amount of discomfort this the top ranks of the republican leadership and seemed to get fed up last night. Style over substance. Let's take a look. The republicans honestly folk, our leaders have to get tougher. This is too tough to do it alone but you know what, I think I'm going to be forced to. I think I'm going to be forced to. Our leaders have to get a lot tougher and be quiet. Just please be quiet. Don't talk. Please be quiet. Sounds like he's suing for divorce right there. He's right. The republican party, the reason that he's even sitting there is because the republican leadership is weak. Come on. Let's face it. Americans look to the gop, the grand old party to protect them and look for very, very strong national stands. You're not getting them. Kate a law which I have wanted to advance was basically scuttled by the republican leadership that would protect Americans from violent aggravated foreign felons who defied depore take and people know that. That's what trump is even here. See, that's part of the dilemma he's facing or one of the reasons he Gothe nomination. You're right. He took on the republican leaders. He was an outsider. They're wim schwimps. He is going for the populist vote and not running as a republican but as a populist and try to get as many people who are angry and disassociated with the government to vote for him as possible. It could work. That's his only shot because the democrat collision is organized and most of those folks are either going to stay home or vote for Hillary. I think there will be a low voter turnout. One thing we saw was high voter turnout in the republican primaries. Trump as he said won more votes than anyone else in history. 6the primaries are the primaries but a narrow sliver of the general populist. Where does he find those votes? One thing we've seen since he secured the nomination it appears Hillary Clinton opened up a little more of a lead. Oh, but that's -- those poll, they go week by week. Next week trump is going to be back because of the terrorism and this week, Hillary -- You think this is working for him right now. The terrorism issue, oh, are you kidding me? People are furious. Furious. They don't want to hear about gun control. Isis savages confronted they want. That's what everybody is talking about outside of New York and Georgetown. People are fed up with president Obama not saying who the enemy is and dancing around and outsourcing the fight to the kurds. Come on. These are involve sajs, they're killing Americans. Go get them. I was struck by a CBS poll showed more than half of country disapproves of the way trump responded on this. Because I just said the words, it's style over substance. Don't like his style. Okay, so trump's style is what holds him back. And I've told trump that.
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