Disgraced Fox News host Bill O'Reilly reportedly offered to stand next to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a means of backup when dealing with "out of line" reporters.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, O'Reilly made his offer at a party for new German Ambassador Richard Grinnell on Sunday. He also remarked that President Donald Trump, whom he has known for decades, is "just flamboyant enough to maybe be OK with it."
I said, 'Ms. Sanders with all due respect, if you ever need me to stand next to you in those press briefings, I will volunteer to do that. And, if somebody gets out of line, I will tell them exactly what I think of their behavior.'
She's representing her country in very difficult circumstances, extremely difficult, and she's a patriot — you know, she's taken enormous amount of abuse, enormous.
Bill O'Reilly offered to stand next to Sanders during White House briefings https://t.co/dgdTGYsqyM https://t.co/nHmFmMVuvl— The Hill (@The Hill)1525752366.0
Then on Monday, O'Reilly tweeted in praise of Sanders.
Had the chance to speak with @PressSec over the weekend. Very smart woman. Told her that the press is not treating her well but the folks know she's a patriot. Also said she has the toughest job in the country right now. I'll tell you about it on http://BOR.com tonight.
Had the chance to speak with @PressSec over the weekend. Very smart woman. Told her that the press is not treating… https://t.co/lidz5JizAK— Bill O'Reilly (@Bill O'Reilly)1525702445.0
Sanders' relationship with the press has strained in recent weeks, particularly because of the president's changing story about his involvement with adult film star Stormy Daniels and the subsequent hush money she was paid.
At last month's White House Correspondent's Association Dinner, comedian Michelle Wolf blasted Sanders' pattern of obscuring the truth and playing loose with the facts.
Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited. I'm not really sure what we're going to get, you know? A press briefing, a bunch of lies or divided into softball teams.
I actually really like Sarah. I think she's very resourceful. But she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye. Like maybe she's born with it, maybe it's lies.
O'Reilly promptly got dragged on Twitter from people wondering how his presence would help Sanders' credibility.
@thehill So alarming that he thinks this would have any value whatsoever.— bob clendenin (@bob clendenin)1525753258.0
@thehill Wow, that would really help her credibility issue! 😜— Just Me! (@Just Me!)1525782527.0
@thehill Trying to be relevant once again.— Wayne Lee Harrison (@Wayne Lee Harrison)1525786495.0
If there is anything that could give Sanders less credibility, it would be O'Reilly. https://t.co/WoW0UXyHds— Lydia🧜♀️🌊 (@Lydia🧜♀️🌊)1525746324.0
Eww. This is just creepy. https://t.co/nE3Rz1qcSz
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) May 8, 2018
@thehill billy wants so badly to be relevant again— Dallas B (@Dallas B)1525783969.0
@thehill That was a scream for help. Mr lonely is not receiving enough attention. Look for those screams to get louder. #1. to 0— Willie 🇺🇸 (@Willie 🇺🇸)1525782975.0