Bill O’Reilly is back.
The axed Fox News host returned to the network Tuesday night as a guest on Sean Hannity’s program.
“When the Jaguars and Ravens were over in London and they kneeled down on a foreign soil and then they stood up for the British national anthem, I was angry and sad because I don’t believe those players know what they are doing,” O’Reilly said to open his segment.
“About 3,000 miles east of you there are American military people in kandahar, Afghanistan, whose entertainment revolves around the armed forces network that broadcasts football games. I was over there in seven. I watched football games with them. Can you imagine putting your life on the line in Afghanistan and having just the leisure time and wanting the watch a football game and seeing your players, your American players, disrespect the country and the flag on foreign soil. Can you imagine how painful that was?”
The former host also called it mob mentality and an anti-Trump demonstration.
The protests actually began last year by Colin Kaepernick in response to racial inequality and police brutality.
“Nobody is saying the players don’t have a right to their opinion about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” O’Reilly said.
“If you want to feel America is an evil country where the white supremacists stalk innocent blacks, you can believe that. But it’s not true. It’s not true.”
Hannity blamed former President Obama for the protests, claiming he “rushed to judgment” about the shootings of Freddie Gray and Trayvon Martin.
O’Reilly blasted the NFL protests as anti-Trump, despite the fact that Colin Kaepernick kneeled last year in opposition to racial inequality and police brutality.
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O’Reilly responded by requesting that the National Football League ban political demonstrations.
O’Reilly was fired from Fox News in April amid allegations of sexual harassment, abuse and racial discrimination from former female co-workers.
He and Fox News allegedly paid five women $ 13 million in settlements.
Since his ousting, O’Reilly has maintained his innocence.
Last week, during an appearance on NBC News’ “Today,” he claimed that he “never mistreated anyone under my watch over 42 years.”
“This was a hit job,” O’Reilly said. “A political and financial hit job.”
Hannity eventually turned the conversation to a discussion of the media, which he opened by saying that reporters are out to “destroy this President.”
O’Reilly claimed that there’s “big money” behind groups who are trying to shut down right-wing pundits and reporters.
Sean Hannity claimed the NFL-wide protests were caused because President Obama “rushed to judgment” about shootings like Trayvon Martin’s.
“This is so dangerous to the country. People don’t know how dangerous this is because most people aren’t engaged. They don’t pay attention. They just hear things,” he said.
“And these propaganda people throw this stuff out as fact when it’s just lies across the board.”
Both also argued that President Trump was getting his message out — including his displeasure with the kneeling football players — without the media.
“I don’t think they recover from the abuse,” Hannity said.
“Have you heard the conspiracy theories? It is the most bizarre, Russia, Russia, Russia, Bill. 24/7. Again, to hurt the president. In the process, it’s not only the president that gets hurt…nothing gets done for the country.”
Ending the show, O’Reilly insisted he doesn’t miss “the swamp.”
“They want to take freedom of speech away from their opponents. They, the far left,” he said.