Bill O'Reilly slammed for saying slaves who built White House were 'well-fed'

Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel program "The O'Reilly Factor" poses for photos in New York.
Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel program "The O'Reilly Factor" poses for photos in New York.

Credit: Richard Drew / Associated Press

Credit: Richard Drew / Associated Press

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has come under fire for his comments about the slaves who built the White House.
On Tuesday's episode of "The O'Reilly Factor," O'Reilly analyzed a line from first lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday.

>> Fact-checking Michelle Obama: Did slaves really build the White House?

"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," Obama said during the speech. "I watch my daughters – two beautiful, intelligent, black young women – playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States."

>> Michelle Obama to DNC: We must elect Hillary Clinton in November

>> Click here to watch Obama's speech

O'Reilly's response?
"Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802," he said. "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."
Social-media users pounced.

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