Bill O’Reilly confronted Donald Trump over why he got into an on-going feud with the Khan family on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Tuesday night.
Trump has repeatedly attacked Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Muslim parents of a fallen U.S. war hero, who spoke out against the GOP nominee at last week’s Democratic convention. O’Reilly asked Trump if “in hindsight” he should have simply ignored the Khan family.
“I was watching television… all of the sudden I was viciously attacked on stage at the Democratic National Convention by Mr. Khan,” Trump said. “I responded to that vicious attack.”
Trump blamed the press for making it a “big deal” and said he has the right to respond.
O’Reilly agreed with Trump that the media played it up, but said, “It wasn’t wise to bring the mother in” to the drama, referring to Trump speculating that she didn’t speak at last week’s Democratic convention due to her religion.
Trump didn’t back down, saying many people said the same thing and it wasn’t a big deal until he said it. O’Reilly advised Trump against “punching down,” telling him that the “left-winged press” will use it against him and the GOP nominee appeared to agree.
Watch the video above.