NEW YORK (AP) — Bill O'Reilly says the slaves who helped build the White House "were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government."
The Fox News commentator was responding to first lady Michelle Obama's remarks in her speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday in praise of the social progress of the United States.
"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," Mrs. Obama said. "And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."
O'Reilly said on his show Tuesday that "Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well."
O'Reilly's comments have drawn criticism on social media.
The slaves who built the White House were well-fed the same way the people who watch Bill O'Reilly are well-informed.
— Fred Coppersmith (@unrealfred) July 27, 2016
Dear Bill O'Reilly...Maybe now you'll get why people are having a hard time with your description of the slaves 'accommodations'.
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) July 27, 2016
Bill O’Reilly said some slaves had it pretty good. Interesting. Does he have any positive spin on the Holocaust? He seems glass-half-full.
— tim47 (@timhamilton47) July 27, 2016
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) July 27, 2016
Bill O'Reilly, senior slave correspondent https://t.co/QROjd2zPR0
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) July 27, 2016