Lupe Fiasco appeared on The O'Reilly Factor last night, invited by the right-wing commentator to defend his recent comments that President Barack Obama is a terrorist. In somewhat of a role reversal, it was Bill O'Reilly who was arguing the case for the Democratic president, while Lupe reiterated his conviction that the entire government is corrupt.
"President Obama is not a terrorist. He's trying to do what he believes is the right thing to do," said O'Reilly.
O'Reilly went on to criticize Lupe for sending a misleading message to impressionable youths. In his defense, Lupe said that you don't have to have Ph.D. to understand politics.
"I don't think politics are as complex as people make them out to be," he said.
Lupe argued that his criticism of the government was justified as a part of the fight against terrorism.
"I believe that if you're going to fight terrorism, you have to go after the root causes of terrorism," he said.
Asked about the successful mission in May that led to the killing of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden, Lupe said he didn't have a problem with it since the United States was "hunting down a criminal."
The two parties spent much of the interview bickering over basic facts of U.S. foreign policy. At one point, Lupe alleged that the stated goal of the war in Afghanistan was to capture or kill bin Laden. O'Reilly disagreed. "That's wrong," he said with a smirk. "We went into Afghanistan to deprive al Qaeda of a sanctuary."
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