"A statement like that certainly can hurt Trump. It's almost like the Hillary Clinton's statement 'we were broke when we came out of the White House'.... I think most political candidates in both parties .... have no clue how the folks live, they really don't.... I don't think that was a smart thing for him to say."
---Bill O'Reilly on Donald Trump saying he got a small loan of one million dollars from his father.
Special guest, Bill O'Reilly, called into Kilmeade & Friends to discuss his latest book, "Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency", the 2016 presidential race and comparing Donald Trump talking about his millions to Hillary saying she was dead broke when she left the White House. Plus, O'Reilly talks about being a Mets fan and Brian tells Bill his mother is more interested in O'Reilly's book than his book.
O'Reilly on reading Brian's new book "Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History" & Greg Gutfeld's new book "How To Be Right: The Art of Being Persuasively Correct"
"I was reading your book and Gutfeld's book at the same time and I thought my head was going to explode."
Who's books do you like better, Greg's or mine?
"I am a history kind of guy so I like your books."
Who do you like better?
"I don't like either of you."
The evolution of Ronald Reagan from actor to politician
"The evolution from Ronald Reagan the actor to Ronald Reagan the iconic president is something I have never seen before. Here you had a guy who shows up from the mid-west and he gets lucky, he gets quickly signed to a studio contract and makes a bunch of movies and he is a movie star. He is hanging around with Errol Flynn and William Holden and John Wayne, he discovers Marilyn Monroe, I mean all of this happens quickly. But then, his career tanks but he doesn't want to stop living large so he has to actually go to Las Vegas, in one of the most interesting scenes of the book, and does Cabaret stuff in the casinos to make money. He didn't want to do that, this was a big comedown for him. Then he veers into politics years after marrying Nancy Reagan, who I think is responsible by the way for his political success because she drove Reagan. Reagan wasn't really that confrontational a guy but Nancy was a gal and drove him and then he becomes elected governor and that starts his rise. So the journey is an amazing journey, that's for sure."
Does Trump talking about his money hurt him with blue collar Americans?
"It could. A statement like that certainly can hurt Trump. It's almost like the Hillary Clinton statement 'we were broke when we came out of the White House, you know, we were poor.' I think most political candidates in both parties and this includes a guy like Bernie Sanders, who is making a living off the economic discontent, they have no clue how the folks live, they really don't. When you say stuff like that, people hear it and go 'come on. If my dad gave me a loan of a million dollars, I wouldn't be saying I had a rough time. So, I don't think that was a smart thing for him to say."
O'Reilly talks about being a Mets fan Do you feel euphoric when they win and down when they lose?
"No, my emotional well-being isn't predicated on the Mets. I was a New York Giant fan as a way, little boy and I loved Willie Mays. When the Giants moved out of New York, I was 7 years old, I was broken hearted. Then, when the Mets came back in 62, I just immediately attached myself to the worst team that baseball has ever put on the field, the 62 Mets. But they were so funny and so entertaining, it didn't really matter if they won or lost. So over the years I have stayed with the Mets, I am not a front runner and I get a little frustrated when Lucas Duda goes 2 for 28 with 18 strikeouts, yeah, I get a little bothered, but it doesn't really dictate how I behave in my private life."
Brian: "If the Mets go down 0-2 I want to know if I should walk in the same hall with you?" O'Reilly: "No, if they don't make it, they don't make it. Is going to be a good series, the teams are evenly matched and they are both, good, honest teams, younger teams and I am looking forward to it."
Brian tells O'Reilly his mother is more interested in reading Bill's book instead of Brian's.
"I like this Barbary Pirate tale with Thomas Jefferson because that certainly has been an under reported part of history. I think your mom will read your book after mine but then you're going to have to live with the comparison, Kilmeade. You're going to have to live with the comparison of your mom going 'hey, you got to do this you got to do that if you want to keep up with Bill.' Your mom is a good Long Island woman and she understands what I do and you just have to live up to the legacy."