Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly dismissed the growing COVID-19 death toll, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity that “many people who are dying, both here and around the world, were on their last legs anyway.”
“I want life back to normal, can you fix that in a simple way?” Hannity asked O’Reilly on Wednesday during an interview on his radio program, “The Sean Hannity Show.”
“Oh man I wish I could, you know?” O’Reilly responded.
“Oh, me too,” said Hannity.
“But we’re making little steps,” O’Reilly said. “Bernie Sanders, you know, he’s — he’s gone, that’s really good for everybody.”
He added: “The projections that you just mentioned are down to 60,000, I don’t think it will be that high. 13,000 dead now in the USA. Many people who are dying, both here and around the world, were on their last legs anyway, and I don’t want to sound callous about that.”
“You’re gonna get — hold on, you’re going to get hammered for that,” Hannity responded.
“Well, I don’t care. I mean, a simple man tells the truth,” O’Reilly fired back.
The global death toll as of Wednesday evening had risen to 88,403 people. The death toll in the U.S. had risen to 14,736.