In a controversial statement, FOX News commentator Bill O'Reilly commented that the slaves who built the White House were "were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802".
The comments came in response to Michelle Obama's DNC speech on Monday where she exclaimed:
"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn"
O'Reilly further expanded on his point saying that slaves were not the only people building the White House due to the White House's ban on hiring slave labor in 1802. O'Reilly said
"In addition, free blacks, whites, and immigrants also worked on the massive building. There were no illegal immigrants at that time. If you could make it here, you could stay here"
O'Reilly's comments incited controversy on social media,with some expressing outrage and others taking his side, saying he was merely trying to explain the historical context of the comments.