Trump to O'Reilly: I Should Forgive Fox—But an Eye for an Eye

Despite his ongoing feud with Fox News, Donald Trump honored a previous promise and appeared on The Factor tonight. Bill O'Reilly tried a variety of tactics to convince Trump to participate in Fox's GOP debate tomorrow night.

Nothing was working, so O'Reilly played his trump card, citing Christianity: "the tenet of forgiveness . . . don't you think that's the right thing to do?" Shot back Trump: "it probably is. But it's called an eye for an eye I guess also."

Theology aside, credit Trump for quick thinking on his feet—being able to cite Scripture back at Bill.

Note: the screencap shows O'Reilly demonstrating "turn the other cheek" to Trump.

BILL O'REILLY: In your Christian faith, there is a very significant tenet and that's the tenet of forgiveness. I think you should forgive not only journalists who come at you in ways you don't like, but I think you should be bigger man and say, you know what? I didn't like it and you should make that case all day long. But, I'm not going to take any action against it. You know, don't you think that's the right thing to do?

DONALD TRUMP: It probably is. But, you know it's called an eye for an eye I guess also. You can look at it that way.  

O'REILLY: No, no, no, no. If you're the Christian, the eye for the eye rule goes out. Here's what it is: turning the other cheek. 

TRUMP: You're taking this much more seriously than I am. I'm not taking it seriously. I'm going to have a wonderful time tomorrow night at 9 o'clock at Drake University.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.