Eric Bolling is one of three hosts of Fox News’s 5:00 p.m. show, Fox News Specialists.
Fox News Specialists consists of two Republicans and one Democrat. One of the Republicans is Eric Bolling, who has worked for Fox for years and was previously one of the co-hosts of The Five. When The Five moved to 9:00 p.m., Bolling was moved to Fox News Specialists, with Jesse Watters replacing him on The Five.
So where exactly does Eric Bolling line up on the issues compared to some of his Fox News coworkers? Here’s what you need to know.
1. He Has Supported Donald Trump Since the Beginning of Trump’s Campaign
When Donald Trump first launched his presidential campaign in June 2015, many conservatives on the Fox News channel dismissed his candidacy; it would not be for a few months that many at Fox began to take him seriously as a candidate.
But Eric Bolling was on board the Trump train from the very beginning.
“Look, I’m not Donald Trump’s spokesperson, but I will tell you I understand where he’s coming from,” Bolling said in June 2015 after Trump launched his presidential campaign. “We need to get tough with China. We need to get tough with all the other countries that are dumping their goods into America without any fees.”
Bolling went on to say that Donald Trump is making the rest of the presidential field stronger because he is speaking his mind.
“He’s talking to people who have ideas and who are angry about the way politics have been for the last 20, 30, 40 or 50 years,” Bolling said. “And then finally, someone’s willing to step up and have some other ideas. Let’s at least try them. Let’s at least think about them. See whether or not you like Donald, but you think he can be your president or not, he’s got the rest of the field thinking. I think that’s a good thing.”
In addition to being a Trump supporter, Bolling also says that he is a personal friend of the Trump family.
Bolling says that in November 2016, he briefly was considered for a job in the Trump administration.
“Donald Trump has been my friend for many years, and obviously if you watch Fox News, [you know] I’ve been pro-Trump for a long time,” he told Chicago Mag. “They called me over to Trump Tower to ask if I’d be interested. I said, ‘Thank you very much. I’ve been a proud supporter of yours, but I love my job.’ There was some talk of commerce secretary but it was rejected by me.”
Next month, Eric Bolling is releasing a book called “The Swamp: Washington’s Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism and How Trump Can Drain It.”
2. He Has Said That Racism Doesn’t Exist Anymore
Eric Bolling has said that he does not believe racism exists in America anymore.
“It’s getting tiring,” he said in January 2014. “We have a black president. We have black senators. We have black heads of businesses, companies. We have black entertainment channels. Is there racism? I don’t think there’s racism…Let’s move on.”
He does, however, believe that Black Lives Matter is racist against white people. He said in July 2016 that Black Lives Matter is “rooted in evil and hate and death and racism.”
In August 2016, he said that it’s not a big deal that black Americans are shot at a higher rate than white Americans because black Americans commit more crimes.
“Blacks are being shot six times more often than whites, but they’re committing eight times the amount of crimes than whites,” he said. “…Under those numbers, blacks are being treated more fairly than whites under those numbers.”
In 2011, President Obama welcomed Ali Bongo Ondimba, the president of Gabon, to the White House. Bolling compared this to when Obama had Common at the White House, with Bolling saying, “It’s not the first time he’s had a hoodlum in the hizzouse.”
Bolling later apologized for this remark on his show.
“On Friday, we did a story about the President meeting with the president of Gabon,” Bolling said. “We got a little fast and loose with the language, and we know it’s been interpreted as being disrespectful, and for that, I’m sorry.”
3. He Said That Obama ‘Answers to the Quran First’ & Questioned the Legitimacy of Obama’s Birth Certificate
Like President Donald Trump himself, Eric Bolling has promoted unfounded conspiracy theories that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
In April 2011, when Barack Obama released a copy of his birth certificate, Eric Bolling devoted a segment on his show to talking about the fact that the birth certificate may not be legitimate.
“It may or may not be, but it certainly opens up the can of worms that there are at least questions for it,” Bolling said after interviewing a prominent birther and not calling into question anything she said.
Bolling on his show also questioned whether Barack Obama is even on the side of the United States.
“…[T]he Obama administration, through all this appeasement and apologizing, answers to the Quran first and to the Constitution second,” Bolling said on his show in 2012.
Bolling was forced to clarify this at the end of the show, saying, “You remember when I said Obama, he answers to the Quran before the Constitution? What I meant was, rather than appeasing the Muslims, he should worry about free speech first. That’s it. I’m done with it, and I don’t want to hear about it.”
4. He Defended Donald Trump’s Travel Ban
Eric Bolling has repeatedly defended Donald Trump’s executive order suspending immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
In fact, Bolling wanted Trump to ignore the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that suspended the order.
“Here is a thought, and this is another avenue that the Trump administration could go,” Bolling said. “They can continue, they can defy the ninth circuit court of appeals’ decision, and continue the travel ban. They can literally instruct our borders to uphold the travel ban, and then likely the Supreme Court would get in their lap a lot sooner.”
Bolling said the same when he interviewed Kellyanne Conway in February.
“You know, one of the other options available to the president is to continue the travel ban,” Bolling told Conway. “He will could literally instruct his TSA, the border security to say, hey, we’re going to continue the travel ban. Let the Supreme Court tell us not to do that.”
5. He Is Not a Fan of the American Health Care Act
Eric Bolling has defended President Donald Trump on almost every issue other than the American Health Care Act, as he is not a fan of the Republican party’s current Obamacare replacement plan.
In March, Bolling said that the bill is “is at best ObamaCare Lite and at worst a lame replacement bill to the average American.”
Bolling then offered his own proposal for what should be added to the Obamacare replacement: allowing insurance companies to sell across state lines, reforming torts, allowing group providers to negotiate drug prices, requiring doctors to post the cost of procedures online, and allowing associations like the NRA or AAA to provide medical insurance.
However, Bolling has mainly blamed Paul Ryan for the American Health Care Act, saying that “Paul Ryan and the establishment GOP have pulled a fast one on President Trump.”
“They’re not out on the street,” Bolling said. “They still have Medicare and Medicaid, so that’s always going to be there, and we have emergency rooms…”