Maxine Waters doesn’t accept Bill O’Reilly‘s apology for mocking her hair, telling MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that the Fox News host has “no credibility” on Tuesday night.
“I’m not responding to him. First of all, let me thank Hillary Clinton for standing up for all women, in particular for black women,” Waters said. “I’m a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined. I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O’Reilly or anybody.”
Waters, a Democratic House representative from South Los Angeles, continued: “I’d like to say to women out there everywhere, don’t allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people, to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are. Do what you do. And let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country. Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes have no credibility.”
“The O’Reilly Factor” host got himself in hot water during a Tuesday morning appearance on “Fox & Friends” when he joked that he “didn’t hear a word” of Waters’ speech against Donald Trump and the president’s staunchest supporters because of her “James Brown wig.”
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt jumped to Waters’ defense, telling O’Reilly and her co-hosts they “can’t go after a woman’s looks” and that she liked Waters’ hairstyle.
“As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs. I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her old school. Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize,” O’Reilly said in a statement shortly after his “Fox & Friends” appearance.
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