Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s show Tuesday to discuss immigration and Bill was exceptionally polite to her — he let her speak for at least 20 seconds before he began to interrupt and talk over her.
O’Reilly asked Power to explain to him where he was wrong to which she replied, “there’s just not enough time, Bill.”
She then tried to explain to him that the jobs most of these immigrants are doing are those that really require very little education and noted that most immigrants throughout the nation’s history have not been highly educated. At this point O’Reilly broke in to ask if Powers’ immigrant ancestors were “taking welfare” and to make it very clear that his ancestors weren’t taking it.
Looking confused, Powers pointed out to him that welfare did not exist at the time, a fact which Bill acknowledged before claiming that today 50 percent of undocumented aliens are taking welfare.
“Had welfare existed,” Powers replied, “I suspect that a lot of Irish people who came to this country in the 1800s, and the turn of the century, would have been on welfare because they were very poor. And let me say another thing, I don’t understand your sudden fascination with Central Americans when the bulk of the immigrants who come into this country come from Mexico.”
Replying to this O’Reilly pushed the wrong button when he accused Power of not knowing what she was talking about.
“Oh really, Bill,” an exasperated Power interrupted. “You know what? I am so tired of this from you. I am so tired of your mocking — like mocking liberals because they care about people. There’s something self-righteous about wanting to take care of children.”
To her credit, Power did not cave, she kept right on making her point, while O’Reilly tried to talk over her and shout her down, she stood her ground and continued to speak the truth.
Of course the conversation took on an entirely different tone when Bill turned to Monica Crowley for her comments. As Crowley spoke he sat politely listening, hanging on her every word, interrupting her briefly only 4 times.
Watch the conversation below.