An all-encompassing persecution complex is a core tenet of the modern Republican party, along with the complete inability to ever admit that you did anything wrong ever. Basically, if a Republican gets busted for doing something bad, it’s not their fault for doing the thing, it’s everyone else’s fault for lying about the thing or blowing the thing out of proportion. Outside of the Trump administration, the most prominent Republican to recently do a bad thing was probably Bill O’Reilly, who was fired from his big-time Fox News job amid multiple allegations of racism and sexual harassment back in April. Now, he’s speaking out about how none of it was his fault and someday we’ll all find out the real reason he got fired.
Actually, that’s not quite right, because O’Reilly doesn’t seem to understand that he did get fired. He’s been traveling around with Dennis Miller as part of his long-running The Spin Stops Here Tour (the name is presumably ironic), and CNN reports that he spent some time at a show on Saturday dancing around the fact that he’s no longer on TV. “I can’t really get into depth about why I left Fox and what’s going to happen now,” O’Reilly teased at one point, suggesting that it was his idea to start bleeding advertisers and permanently tarnish his good-ish name.
So O’Reilly wouldn’t specifically say why he “left” Fox News, but he did offer a few tantalizing glimpses that would’ve seemed right at home in one of Alex Jones’ paranoid rants. Apparently, O’Reilly believes that “a bunch of news stories” revealing why he really “left” the network will come out in the next few weeks, and it’s all “pretty grisly.” He also claims that “far-left progressive organizations” are trying to destroy anyone they disagree with, “including the president,” and while that’s probably true, it does conveniently ignore the fact that O’Reilly and guys like him spent the last eight years trying to destroy President Obama.
Assuming Bill O’Reilly isn’t totally delusional, it shouldn’t be too long before we discover the identities of the shadowy progressives who ruined his career and are now trying to take down Donald Trump.