Bill O'Reilly assured GOP front-runner Donald Trump on Monday that, at least in the No-Spin Zone, the Fox News host has the mogul's back. “Look, you know I'm looking out for you, right?" O'Reilly said during an interview. "You know that. I'm looking out for you, I look out for every honest politician, no matter what party they're in."
Trump had landed in hot water that day for retweeting a baldly false statistic by a random Twitter user that alleged the rate of white people killed by black people is 81 percent. Publicly available FBI data shows it is actually 15 percent, and that whites are responsible for most homicides of other whites. The "Crime Statistics Bureau" cited in Trump's retweet does not exist.
"Don't do this," O'Reilly pleaded to Trump during the show. "Don't put your name on stuff like this, ’cause it makes the other side, it gives them stuff to tell the ill-informed voter that you're a racist. You just handed them a platter.”
“Well, this was a retweet," Trump said. "Bill, I'm sure you're looking out for me. Everybody is."
Trump went on to call himself “probably the least racist person on earth," as O'Reilly tried to emphasize how "the other side" was inventing charges to frame Trump as a racist.
“Are you aware that the liberal media and the Democratic Party in general are trying to paint you as a racist? Are you aware of that?” O'Reilly asked.
In recent days, Trump expressed approval that a black protester was assaulted by Trump's supporters at one of his rallies.
"Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing," Trump said Sunday morning on Fox News.
The protester was a 31-year-old Black Lives Matter activist who told CNN that Trump supporters called him and two fellow protestors "monkeys" and the N-word.
Video shows the incident at the Trump rally: