Conservative talk show host Bill O'Reilly during his pre-debate coverage on Monday night started the night off with some coded remarks about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It's not the most surprising thing in the world, considering some of the things he's said in the past, but O'Reilly really went in on the anti-feminist rhetoric.
Things started off OK, with O’Reilly suggesting that Clinton is the more specific of the two candidates, which is a good thing in a president, one might think. O’Reilly’s main point was that viewers shouldn’t expect specifics from Trump, which basically lowered the bar for his performance, but everyone plays the expectations game, and that wasn’t too out of left field.
But things really took a turn for the worst when O’Reilly whipped out the patriarchy’s all-time favorite insult for women — shrill. On his screen, one of the tips from O'Reilly for the debate included, "It would be a mistake for Clinton to sound shrill or to call Trump names." From there, the sexism snowball rolled inexorably down the hill, accumulating mass with some other great misogynistic rhetorical techniques such as double standards, victim blaming, and completely unsupported statistics.
O'Reilly took great liberty with his new election math (apparently Colorado is now the only state that decides the election) and his version of events in the whole Gennifer Flowers debacle ("Clinton started it" is neither a true nor mature argument). Generally, the weight of the sexism internally collapsed any validity in his argument. See for yourself.
At least one thing is still predictable in this ever surprising election season.