On Monday hip-hop artist and producer Lupe Fiasco was a guest on “The O’Reilly Factor” to defend comments he made earlier this month calling President Obama “the biggest terrorist.” And while host Bill O’Reilly never seems to tire of criticizing the president, he wasn’t able to court over Lupe to his side of the political isle.
Lupe Fiasco was a guest on CBS’s “What’s Trending with Shira Lazar”, and when asked about the dearth of politically outspoken pop artists, he explained his own outlook:
In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama, in the United States of America. For me, I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism. The root causes of the terrorism is the stuff that the U.S. government allows to happen and the foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists. And it’s easy for us because it’s really just some oil, which we can really get on our own.
Bill O’Reilly, who usually supports anyone criticizing Obama, immediately requested a debate but his initial request was rejected.
Mr. Fiasco has been invited on “The Factor” but has declined, possibly because he could not possibly defend that remark, which makes him a pinhead. Now the reason I say I wish I was named Lupe Fiasco, wouldn’t it be great, “The Fiasco Factor”? I mean, it would be tremendous.
Fiasco finally agreed to appear on the show and defended his comments in the five-and-a-half-minute pre-taped debate.
“The statement that I made, which was, ‘I believe that the biggest terrorist, Obama and the United States of America and its foreign policy, that was what the whole context of everything was,” Lupe pointed out on the show. “And it’s really just an expression of me trying to understand critically, the society.”
O’Reilly added that the responsibility of the president is to protect the country and that Obama was doing that through “aggressive action.” He argues Fiasco is irresponsible making those comments because his fans aren’t “exactly political science PHDs,” but rather “impressionable kids.”