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Bill O'Reilly claims 'hard-working' Asians are not liberal by nature on his show Thursday night.
Why are "hard-working" Asians so liberal? Bill O'Reilly wants to know.
The Fox News host raised the question after a segment that aired on "The Bill O'Reilly Show" on Thursday night. In it, his "on the street specialist" Jesse Watters traveled to Hawaii to examine the Aloha State's left-leaning tendencies.
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Back in the studio, O'Reilly praised Hawaii's natural wonders, but questioned its liberal voting record, citing the state's large Asian population, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"You know what's shocking? Thirty-five percent of the Hawaiian population is Asian, and Asian people are not liberal, you know, by nature," O'Reilly told Watters. "They're usually more industrious and hard-working."
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Watters points out that Asians overwhelmingly reelected President Barack Obama, one of Hawaii's most famous native sons.
“If you add the indigenous native Hawaiian population to the Hispanic population, [minorities] outnumber whites by more than two to one,” he said. “So then you have all the rich liberals coming from California, and it’s a perfect storm for liberalism.”
According to US Census data from 2011, Asians make up 38.5 precent of Hawaii's population, with Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders accounting for another 10 percent. Caucasians come in at 26 percent, The Huffington Post reported.
So O'Reilly isn't far off base with his demographics -- just his perceptions.