Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly on Monday suggested that GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE may ultimately benefit from the uproar over his raucous campaign events.
“[The] short-term helps him; long-term, it depends on how things go,” O’Reilly said on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co."
“People understand that this far-crew left crew that invaded in Chicago and is now kind of stalking him are not the kind of people that they approve of,” O’Reilly told host Stuart Varney, citing a rally Trump canceled last Friday night in the city.
“Trump may even be seen as a little sympathetic here. All he’s trying to do is rally and tell the folks what he thinks and then these guys try to shut down the speech. That’s not what we’re about here in America.”
O’Reilly said the mainstream media has not done enough to scrutinize the people who have been interrupting Trump’s campaign events.
“The national media coverage totally ignores the organized capacity of these demonstrations,” he said.
“It comes out of MoveOn.org, the farthest-left, most pernicious website you could possibly imagine, funded by George Soros. Why wasn’t that reported?”
O’Reilly predicted the media will turn on Trump should he win the GOP nomination.
“The left-wing media doesn’t like Trump,” he said. "They’re going to level everything they can at him if he gets the nomination [and] it’s going to be bloody.
“Trump has got to understand that he’s got to fight back in a measured way because he’s running for president. The mistake he sometimes makes is that he just doesn’t censor himself. He has to understand where he is, and I don’t know that he does.”
Trump canceled a rally in Chicago Friday evening amid concerns about violence erupting at the event. His events have since been marred by repeated physical clashes between protesters and supporters, with multiple criminal arrests taking place over the weekend.
The outspoken billionaire leads the Republican presidential field by more than 14 points, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.