O'Reilly on Rep. Frank, Sen. Dodd: "I swear to God, if they were in this room right now, I would hit them"

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Discussing the current financial situation on his radio program, Bill O'Reilly said of Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Chris Dodd, "I swear to God, if they were in this room right now, I would hit them. Dodd and Frank -- the House Finance and Senate Finance. They knew. Don't point a finger at anybody, I'll break that finger off."

During the September 25 broadcast of his radio program, while discussing the current financial situation, Bill O'Reilly said: "Walk away from these liars -- these right-wing liars. Walk away from them. They're not looking out for you." Referring to Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), O'Reilly continued: "I don't even want to talk about the far left. Barney Frank -- disgusting -- pointing fingers. It's you, you big fat toad. You, Frank -- you. Dodd, sitting there, 'Uh, we have to' -- it's you, Dodd, you. You knew." He went on to say: "I swear to God, if they were in this room right now, I would hit them. Dodd and Frank -- the House Finance and Senate Finance. They knew. Don't point a finger at anybody, I'll break that finger off."

Earlier, O'Reilly said: "It's [President] Bush's fault. It happened on Bush's watch. You know, Bush could've prevented this."

From the September 25 broadcast of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:

O'REILLY: And all of these ideologues, it gets me angry. I do talk radio and most of talk radio is conservative-dominated ideologues, Kool-Aid-drinking idiots -- idiots -- screaming at you, "This is socialism," this is this, this is that, "It's Clinton's fault." "It's Clinton's fault." "It's Clinton's fault"? Clinton hasn't been in office in eight years.

It's Bush's fault. It happened on Bush's watch. You know, Bush could've prevented this. He could've gone in easily and said, "Merrill Lynch is dealing in bad paper." He could have said that. "Merrill Lynch is dealing in bad paper." "Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac -- they're dealing in bad paper," so you, the investor, don't invest in those companies. You think they would have continued to deal in bad paper?

LIS WIEHL (co-host): I don't think so.

O'REILLY: No, they would not. One time, he had to say that. And he'd probably didn't even have to say it. He could've called them up and say, "You're dealing in bad paper, and if you don't stop it, I'm going out and telling everybody." No.

No, because he didn't want to get involved, didn't want to interfere. He didn't interfere when the oil speculators ran up the price of oil. He let them do it. He didn't come out and say, "Hey, this is bull. This is not supply and demand. This is a bunch of guys sitting there, driving it up, and you got to pay the price. That's wrong."

So, you got to believe Bush when he tells you it's bad, because Bush has just sat around and not done anything. Therefore, he has a 19-percent approval rating now. He's a decent man, ladies and gentlemen, but his last term has been a disaster. First term, I don't have a problem -- think he did a good job. Last term, my God, what happened?

But let's get back to this talk radio stuff. These idiots, I mean, they're misleading you. They're lying to you. They're rich, these guys -- big cigars, all of that. "Yeah. Oh yeah, my private jet." And they're saying, "Oh no, no bailout. Uh-uh. No way." Hey, you are gonna get it, not them. That foreign investment pulls out, we are toast.

And they'll pull out, if this bailout doesn't happen. Are you getting the message here? Walk away from these liars -- these right-wing liars. Walk away from them. They're not looking out for you.

I don't even want to talk about the far left. Barney Frank -- disgusting -- pointing fingers. It's you, you big fat toad. You, Frank -- you. Dodd, sitting there, "Uh, we have to" -- it's you, Dodd, you. You knew.

I swear to God, if they were in this room right now, I would hit them. Dodd and Frank -- the House Finance and Senate Finance. They knew. Don't point a finger at anybody, I'll break that finger off.

So, you got corruption on the right and you got corruption on the left. And who gets it? You get it. You, the hard-working person. You, the person who goes to work, invests your money, tries to do well by your family and retirement, doesn't want to leech off the government -- and did they tell you they're trafficking in bad paper? No, they don't. Did they know? They knew.

The next politician who gets up there and points a finger, I'm gonna go after them myself. Shut up. Fix it.

You know, this isn't a game here. These are people's lives. These are people's lives. I got enough money in the bank, OK? Unless a bank fails, I'm fine. But you're probably not fine. I'm lucky. And I'm tired of these charlatans on both sides lying to you, because they're ideological, Kool-Aid drinkers or corrupt toads.

And I'm talking to you, Barney Frank. Who's the guy that was, "Oh, if you don't lend money to poor people, you're a bigot?" Who was saying that, Barney?

Oh, man. I got to take a break.

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Economy
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Bill O'Reilly
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The Radio Factor
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