by V Saxena
Two months ago former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly revealed the existence
of a tape that he claims shows what he described as “an anti-Trump
attorney” offering a woman $200,000 during the presidential election
last year to issue false sexual harassment claims against then-GOP nominee Donald Trump.
“It exists,” he said to Newsmax
at the time. “We have urged the person who has the tape to hand it over
to the U.S. attorney, because my investigative team believes there are
three separate crimes on the audio tape.”
On Friday, O’Reilly doubled down on that claim during an interview with
conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, though he declined to offer a
deadline for when the tape might finally be released.
“There is an audiotape of an anti-Trump person offering $200,000 to a
woman to accuse Donald Trump of untoward behavior,” he said. When Beck
asked whether this tape will ever be released, O’Reilly replied by
maintaining that he “may have to go to the U.S. attorney” himself. “I
don’t want to have to do that and inject myself into the story … but I
had my lawyer listen to the tape,” O’Reilly said. “There are at least
three crimes on the tape. So as a citizen, I may have to do this.” He
cautioned, though, that the tape isn’t in his possession but rather with
“someone who knows the seriousness of this situation.”
Then, Beck asked, why won’t this mysterious someone simply release the tape to the public?
“I can’t really get into that at this point, but I can tell you, Donald
Trump knows about the tape,” O’Reilly said. “And I, for the life of me,
am sitting here going, ‘Why on Earth are you allowing a movement to
try to smear you when you have such a powerful piece of evidence that
shows this is an industry — that there are false charges and money
But Trump doesn’t “have such a powerful piece of evidence” at his
disposal; the actual owner of the tape does, and until he or she chooses
to release the tape, there might not be much the president can do about
it. Keep in mind that the former Fox News host
first mentioned this tape two months earlier, and yet it still remains unpublished.
My honest recommendation to O’Reilly would be to try his hardest to
obtain a copy of the tape and then simply distribute the copy to
The fact is that talk is cheap, and allegations come easy. It’s only
surefire, indisputable evidence that’ll make any difference against the
left’s ongoing war on our president.