On the O’Reilly Factor Monday night, Bill O’Reilly had much to say about the current debate over the Confederate flag. O’Reilly stated that for some the flag is a symbol of bravery while, for others, it is a symbol of hate.

Guest and Fox News contributor Juan Williams said:

The Confederate flag, symbol of hate. You saw people like Tim Scott, Reverend Goff, the man who spoke in the church yesterday. They talked about he wanted a race war and, in fact, somehow, this is bringing black and white people together. I think we sometimes don’t celebrate when people come together.

O’Reilly responded:

That’s a positive and I just – got to go. You say the Confederate flag is a symbol of hate and you believe that.


That’s the way I feel when I see it.

O’Reilly continued:

Okay, okay. And absolutely 100 percent legitimate. For some other people who see it in a historical context…

Williams interrupted:

What’s the historical context?

O’Reilly answered:

It represents bravery.

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