On the October 5 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly claimed that Trump’s “disdain” for Obama fueled his presidential bid… but also that he doesn’t hold grudges.
BILL O’REILLY (HOST): So I know Trump pretty well and everything is personal to him. Everything is personal. And I think that his disdain for President Obama was a motivating factor. Katie, do you feel the same way
KATIE PAVLICH: I think it certainly played a role and I think Trump probably likes seeing his name up on the White House during that skit. But you have to put the other context into play here of the timing of his run. Donald Trump has talked about running for president since the 1980s. He’s talked about running for the governor of New York. But this time around he was in a position to look at the country in 2011 and see the 2010 turnover of the House. That was an historic moment. We saw Eric Cantor’s seat taken away by a regular professor from Virginia. People were angry not just with the Obama economy but with the Bush economy and the year 2016 gave Donald Trump an opportunity to run against a weak candidate in Hillary Clinton and to run as an outsider in a Republican primary where people wanting to see someone besides the politician taking that nomination.
O’REILLY: Trump is a forgiving guy. He’s not a grudge holder as far as I know. But I don’t know if he ever forgave that. Because, as you say, he was put up as an object of derision, Katie. And, you know, I think it’s a little pay back now because he brings in the Obama, Hillary Clinton association. He just melds them together. Yes, it’s good politics, because the president and a lot of precincts didn’t do a good job. But there is more to it. There’s that edge to it.
PAVLICH: Well there is no better pay back than winning the White House. And destroying President Obama’s legacy because Obama believes Hillary Clinton is going to carry out.
Transcript via Media Matters.