In a discussion of recent comments made by Michelle Obama, Bill O’Reilly took a call from a listener who stated that, according to "a friend who had knowledge of her," Obama " ‘is a very angry,’ her word was ‘militant woman.’ " O’Reilly later stated: "I don’t want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there’s evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels. If that’s how she really feels — that America is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever — then that’s legit. We’ll track it down."
It’s not a "slip of the tongue," and it’s not that he doesn’t realize the use of the term "lynching" is racist and hateful and threatening and eliminationist just because he’s an old, out-of-touch white guy. It’s how he speaks to the lizard brain racism that still consumes the country in order to inspire a different kind of "unity." Bill-O goes all serious and responsible for context — "wouldn’t want to be presumptuous, must be cautious, wouldn’t want to leap to conclusions, we’ll track it down first" — but he gets it in there.
That he throws it in there with sympathy for Bill Clinton really just pins the irony meter.