Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly will embark on a limited “history tour” this fall in which the former president will receive questions from the ex-Fox News star about his four years in the White House.
The four-day tour, which Trump has sworn would be “fun, fun, fun” for those in attendance, is slated for December.
The events take place in 18,000-seat arenas in Florida and Texas, which are normally reserved for professional sporting events and rock concerts.
“From January 2017 to January 2021, the 45th President of the United States presided over a particularly intense period for the United States of America,” O’Reilly said in a statement posted on his website.
“From the pandemic that killed hundreds of thousands, to the rapid development of the vaccine, to the rise of the economy, to China’s global challenge, Donald Trump was the dominant decision-maker and the most powerful person in the world.
Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly embark on a ‘history tour’ in which the former president will receive questions from the ex-Fox News star about his four years in the White House
“In a series of live conversations across the country, Mr. Trump and historian/journalist Bill O’Reilly will discuss exactly how things have been achieved, as well as challenges, both good and bad!”
O’Reilly, 71, wrote that during the planned “history tour,” the former president will provide “an unprecedented look into his administration — which will be historic in its own right.”
O’Reilly quoted the former president as saying: “These are going to be wonderful but intense sessions where we will talk about the real problems in the US that the fake news media never mentions.”
“I will focus on being great for our country, something that is rarely discussed in political dialogue,” Trump said.
‘If we don’t make our country great again, we won’t have a country anymore!’
In an apparent dig at President Joe Biden, who defeated Trump in the election last fall, O’Reilly said the “talks with the 45th president won’t be boring.”
As of Tuesday, three dates were scheduled, a fourth has yet to be determined.
The first event will take place on December 11 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The 25,000-seat arena is home to the NHL’s Florida Panthers and also hosts concerts and exhibits.
The second event is scheduled for December 12, but a location has yet to be chosen.
On December 18, O’Reilly and Trump are scheduled to be at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The next day, another event will take place at the Dallas-American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Tickets for the events go on sale Monday at 10:00 AM Eastern Time through Ticketmaster.
“After Biden’s inauguration, the idea rumbled in my head for two months,” O’Reilly said. Page six.
Trump and O’Reilly can be seen above attending a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in July 2012. O’Reilly told Page Six that he and Trump agreed to do the tour during a conversation in Mar-a-Lago last month
‘I flew to Mar-a-Lago on April 4. I’ve known the man for 30 years. He asked how we do this.
“I said, ‘No indulgence. No politics. It’s your way of dealing with China, Putin, the economy, ISIS, getting the vaccine. I’ve done the research. The key is that it’s all history and people don’t even know how or what.
“I’ll ask the questions. We’ll record it. Two hours and 15 minutes. 18,000-seat hockey and basketball arenas. My own production company books it.”
O’Reilly said the aim of the tour is to educate the public about “what really happened.”
“Frustrated millions never got real reports from anyone,” said the former Fox News host.
“They only heard haters. It’s what he did and why – and what he didn’t do.’
O’Reilly added: ‘Look, he wants to make history? It’s this. No president except Lincoln has experienced so much hatred.
“It’s not flamboyant. It’s telling people what you did and why. Tell us your four years. Get your version on the record.
‘Show it how it works. Everyone who loves their country is in favor of freedom of speech.’
O’Reilly said the events will include a “45-minute Q-&-A oral history” during which questions will be taken from the audience. That session would then be followed by a break.
“People can drink a cocktail,” he said. “Some may even need it.”
O’Reilly said he didn’t have to work hard to sell Trump on the ideal.
“Interested in the concept, he trusted me,” he told Page Six.
“He’s a businessman. He saw it right away.’
Despite his loss to Biden in November, Trump remains the dominant figure in Republican Party politics. He is also considered a virtual slot to win the GOP nomination in 2024 should he decide to make another run for the White House.
Trump sharply attacked US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Saturday for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, demanded reparations from China and denounced an investigation into his finances in a speech in North Carolina.
Despite his loss to Biden in November, Trump remains the dominant figure in Republican Party politics. He is also considered a virtual slot to win the GOP nomination in 2024 should he decide to make another run for the White House. Trump can be seen above Saturday in Greenville, North Carolina
Speaking in Greenville, North Carolina, at the Republican Party convention, Trump joined a chorus of Republican politicians who have criticized Fauci for asking Americans to wear masks to protect themselves from the virus and who has at times been skeptical of a theory that the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China.
Trump called Fauci “not a great doctor, but a great promoter” because of his frequent television appearances.
“But he was wrong about almost every problem and about Wuhan and the lab,” Trump said.
The origin of the virus remains hotly disputed and is still being studied by US intelligence agencies.
Trump’s own handling of the pandemic, which has left nearly 600,000 people dead in the United States and infected himself, was a factor in his loss to Democratic President Joe Biden in the November 2020 election.
Trump called on China to pay $10 trillion in reparations to the United States and the world for its own handling of the virus, and said countries should cancel their debt to Beijing.
Trump’s appearance had all the hallmarks of his signature campaign rallies, complete with a musical playlist that closely resembled Elton John standards.
O’Reilly added: ‘Who knows? Maybe I’ll even sing a few songs.’
For over 20 years, O’Reilly was one of the Fox News Channel’s top-rated anchors, with a nighttime primetime show called “The O’Reilly Factor.”
In April 2017, The New York Times reported that five women who alleged inappropriate workplace misconduct by O’Reilly had been paid a total of $13 million in settlements.
Days later, Fox News officially severed ties with O’Reilly, who reportedly walked away with a $25 million payout from the network.
It was an astonishing development when you consider that The O’Reilly Factor was a crucial money engine for the network, generating some $326 million a year in ad revenue.
Later that year, it was reported that O’Reilly had paid $32 million to settle sexual harassment charges filed by a sixth woman, former legal analyst Lis Wiehl.
O’Reilly was replaced by Tucker Carlson.
Since leaving the powerful cable news channel, O’Reilly has formed his own media entity, which includes a subscriber-based website, podcast, and blog. He has also continued to write his series of best-selling books.