O'Reilly equated giving money to MoveOn.org with donating to Nazi Party
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On the October 21 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly suggested that someone donating money to MoveOn.org might as well "give to the Nazi party." O'Reilly's comments came in response to a request from former House Speaker Tom DeLay's (R-TX) lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, that a new judge be named to oversee the case, in which DeLay and two co-defendants face charges of money laundering and conspiracy, because Travis County, Texas, Criminal District Court Judge Bob Perkins has donated money to MoveOn. Commenting on the issue of the judge, O'Reilly also said, "Why not let Fidel Castro preside over the proceedings?"
From the October 21 broadcast of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:
O'REILLY: Now this is a really interesting story. Congressman Tom DeLay, as you know, has been indicted for campaign finance irregularities. The judge in the case, Bob Perkins, has given money to MoveOn.org, the far-left crazy website. So now DeLay says, "Look, I want another judge." And DeLay's absolutely right. You can't have a judge in the Tom DeLay case that gives money to MoveOn.org. That's insane. Why not let Fidel Castro preside over the proceedings? So DeLay wants a new judge, and he'll probably get one. Because if he doesn't, then I mean, anything that happens will be appealed, and they'll win the appeal. You can't -- and this nutty judge -- I mean, why would you give money to -- why don't you give it to the Nazi Party? You know, these people are so extreme, it's ridiculous.
O'Reilly's Castro reference echoed an earlier quip he made while commenting on singer-songwriter and Vietnam War protester Country Joe McDonald's leadership of the Berkeley, California, Veterans Day Committee. "You know, why not ask Fidel Castro? All right, is he busy?" O'Reilly said.