Prominent Democrats – including Barack Obama – have sparked controversy among critics who say they have been portrayed as bigots for opposing a plan to resettle roughly 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. over the next year.
“Because of politics,” he said during a segment of The O’Reilly Factor Monday, “you are not being told the true story about the Syrian refugee situation. The Democratic Party wants the world to believe that the Republicans are mean-spirited and anti-immigrant.”
— Jeff Schreve (@jeffschreve) November 24, 2015
In fact, O’Reilly contended, critics of the Syrian refugee program have legitimate concerns about the security of the nation.
For wanting to admit Syrian refugees, Hillary was applauded in Boulder, where, apparently, they receive no news re Norway or Sweden. — Philip Schuyler (@FiveRights) November 24, 2015
“Fifty-four percent of American oppose taking in Syrian refugees even after they’ve been screened for security,” he said. “The reason most Americans do not want to accept Muslim refugees is not based on ethnicity or religion – it is based on security.”
O’Reilly pinned those fears directly on the nation’s commander in chief.
“The majority of Americans have no confidence at all that the Obama administration can protect them from harm,” he said, noting that current leaders are “so liberal, so frightened and so chaotic that they cannot provide security for we the people.”
To help illustrate his point, O’Reilly cited two Obama policies – lax border security and the release of more than 36,000 convicted criminal aliens – as evidence that this administration has made America less safe.