Maxine Waters: There’s something ‘psychologically wrong’ with Bill O’Reilly

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) talked to Anderson Cooper about her erstwhile nemesis Bill O’Reilly and his fall from grace Wednesday. In the interview she said that there was something “psychologically wrong” with the former Fox News anchor over the sexually harassment accusations leveled against him.

“Do you think Fox made the right decision to fire him today?” Cooper asked the representative.

“Absolutely,” she answered, “and I’m very proud of what I understand took place. The sons of [Rupert] Murdoch are the ones that I am told insisted that he had to go and they’re trying to take this station into a new era. And so I’m very pleased that they did that, I’m pleased with the advertisers who decided that they were going to pull their ads from his show. I’m so pleased with the women who came forward, who were victims and decided that they were going to expose what had happened to them.”

“You know,” she added, “Bill O’Reilly is not going to be recorded favorably in history. Unfortunately he was a man who made tremendous sums of money, had a huge show, and really there’s something wrong with him psychologically. He obviously could not sustain relationships. And the stories about him talking to women on the telephone with this kind of sex talk, it is really, just, you know, unconscionable that he would allow himself to end up like this. It’s all his fault.”

“So I hope he seeks some help,” Waters continued. “And I hope that the women who have came forward feel good about the justice that they’re receiving.”

“This is an era of women who are fed up with being taken advantage of,” she concluded. “Particularly in the workplace. We’ve been hearing about this for years. Remember the stories about the ‘casting couch’ and what women in the entertainment industry had to do? Well these stories are legendary. All over this country perhaps all over this world, women have been taken advantage of.”

.@MaxineWaters on O’Reilly: “There’s something wrong with him psychologically. … I hope he seeks some help.” https://t.co/zDEyMNNAqe

— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) April 20, 2017

“What does it say to you that this went on,” Cooper asked, “I mean the first accusation publicly was back in 2004 by Andrea Mackris, apparently was settled for $9 million according to the New York Times. Over the years, these allegations, these accusations continued, and it’s only now that Fox News took action. What does that say about the culture?”

“Well, I consider that it was a sexual harassment enterprise there at Fox,” Waters answered. “And the men there and Roger Ailes, this was a way of life for them. Powerful men with a lot of money, who would proposition women, taken advantage of them. They thought that was normal. And the way that life should be.”

“And so, it is only been in recent years that women have felt strong enough to come forward and to talk about what has happened to them,” Waters continued. “Just think how many women depended on their jobs and didn’t want to lose their jobs, and was afraid to say anything, but things have changed. Life is changing for women. Women are feeling stronger, coming forward, standing up for themselves.”

“And I know that it went on for a long time,” she concluded, “but thank God it stopped now, with Bill O’Reilly at Fox.”

.@MaxineWaters on O’Reilly accusations: “It was a sexual harassment enterprise there at Fox” https://t.co/YZ32bCBsdM https://t.co/KkAu3IK1bP

— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) April 20, 2017

Rep. Waters had recently been in a rhetorical battle with O’Reilly after he made a joke about her hair that he later apologized for, saying that he respects the Congresswoman for being sincere in her beliefs.

Waters also said that O’Reilly should be in jail for the behavior attributed to him when the New York Times’ reporting revealed that he and Fox News had settled lawsuits and accusations against him to the tune of $13 million.

On Wednesday Fox News announced it has terminated it's working relationship with host Bill O'Reilly after numerous sexual harassment cases continue to pop up, a the women's advocacy group UltraViolet released a statement on the matter. Shauna Thomas the groups co-founder had this to say: "the problem of sexual harassment at the cable giant is far bigger than just one person. "Bill O'Reilly is a serial sexual predator, a bigot, and a misogynist. He will not be missed." Thomas went on to say in a statement released by the group: "but Fox News' problem with sexual harassment and assault is way bigger than just Bill O'Reilly."


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