Christmas might still be days away, but Bill O’Reilly has already been given a big ol’ lump of coal, thanks to a tweet Friday about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Former Fox News Channel personality O’Reilly came in for a grilling when he tweeted that Ginsberg’s health issues were, “Bad news for the left.”
The tweet came following news that Ginsburg had undergone surgery to have two malignant nodules removed from her left lung.
A press release issued by the Supreme Court on Friday noted that “there was no evidence of any remaining disease” and that Ginsburg “is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days.” Still, O’Reilly offered up his own political prognosis via Twitter.
“Justice Ginsburg is very ill. Another Justice appointment inevitable and soon,” O’Reilly tweeted. “Bad news for the left.”
The tone of O’Reilly’s tweet left a number of people cold, but their reactions were plenty heated.
Conan O’Brien sidekick Andy Richter was similarly blunt in his assessment, tweeting, “Eat the s— of your failure, you impotent ghoul.”
“The West Wing” alum Bradley Whitford, meanwhile, offered, “Classic @BillOReilly. Used to bitch about the fake ‘war on Christmas’ while his own life is an actual war on the values of Jesus Christ.”
And then there was Michael Avenatti, attorney for porn star and Trump nemesis Stormy Daniels, who offered, “@BillOReilly – if there was ever any question as to whether you were a despicable human being (there wasn’t), it has now been answered unequivocally.”
Read on for O’Reilly’s tweet and more reactions.
Justice Ginsburg is very ill. Another Justice appointment inevitable and soon. Bad news for the left.
— Bill O’Reilly (@BillOReilly) December 21, 2018
— Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) December 21, 2018
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) December 21, 2018
Wow @BillOReilly,this is sick. I am guessing you intended to wish her well and it just came out twisted. Did you really mean to make it sound like you are waiting for her to pass? https://t.co/LDHrT3K7RT
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 21, 2018
In case you weren’t sure that Bill O’Reilly is a despicable human being… https://t.co/VwWzAe1n56
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 21, 2018
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) December 21, 2018
Bill, i hope you spend this holiday and figure out what is broken within you that would cause you to tweet something like this. I pray you are healed.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 21, 2018
Siri: show me how Bill O’Reilly can be more unlikeable. https://t.co/3p2Vw8xMWw
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) December 21, 2018