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Bill O'Reilly On Michelle Obama's Speech: Slaves Were “Well Fed And Had Decent Lodgings”

The backlash is raging. 

Michelle Obama moved the country with her speech at the Democratic National Convention. The First Lady reflected on how historic it is for her family to live in the White House, saying, "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. I watch my daughters — two beautiful, intelligent, black young women — playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."

One person not affected by the deeply emotional speech is conservative blowhard Bill O'Reilly. On The O'Reilly Factor, the pundit tried to make the argument that slaves were treated well back when the White House was built.

"Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802," he said, per USAToday. "However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well. Got it all? There will be a quiz."

Watch the ridiculous video below.

Slaves were treated well? As if any slaves, by the sheer definition of slavery, were treated well? O'Reilly needs his own history refresher.

Many far more informed celebrities are weighing in on his statement, including producer/badass Shonda Rhimes and singer/actress Audra McDonald.

Get him, ladies.


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