O’Reilly was shown a clip of Waters speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives. In the footage, Waters said that Trump supporters “turned a blind eye to the destruction” that is imminent. Waters went on to say that African-Americans “fight against this president” and “point out how dangerous he is for this society and for this country.” She added, “we’re fighting for the democracy.”O’Reilly’s response was dismissive, to say the absolute least. “I didn’t hear a word [Waters] said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. If we have a picture of James, it’s the same wig,” said O’Reilly. Co-host Brian Kilmeade decided he’d chime in with, “It’s the same one,” adding that Brown is “not using it anymore” and that “they just, they finally buried him.” Brown died in 2006.Co-host Ainsley Earhardt jumped in and tried to salvage the situation. “You can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive,” said Earhardt.O’Reilly, however, was intent on digging himself a bigger hole to step into. “I love James Brown, but it’s the same hair, James Brown—alright, the ‘Godfather of Soul’— had,” said O’Reilly. Then he decided to cut her some slack to show what a swell guy he is. “She’s a sincere individual. Whatever she says she believes. she’s not a phony,” said O’Reilly, though the damage had already been done.People took to social media to call for the firing of O’Reilly. They say that his words were not only blatantly sexist, but also explicitly racist.