Bill O'Reilly claimed on 'The O'Reilly Factor' last night that "Asian people are not liberal, you know, by nature. They're usually more industrious and hard-working."
O'Reilly was discussing social problems in Hawaii such as the homeless population and addiction, reports MediaMatters.org (video below).
O'Reilly told his producer Jesse Watters: "The addiction is rampant, all over the place, because they don't enforce the drug laws. And, you know, I think the one person who said, Look, this is a place where people come to to escape. This is, you know, generally speaking. But you know what's shocking? 35 percent of the Hawaiian population is Asian, and Asian people are not liberal, you know, by nature. They're usually more industrious and hard-working."
However, the Associated Press reported in 2011 that low wages and high rent were a large factor in Hawaii's homeless problem:
Part of Honolulu's homeless problem is rooted in the pairing of some of America's highest housing costs with below-average wages and the fact that the gorgeous year-round weather makes it easier for people to live out in the open.
The nonprofit National Housing Conference says fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Honolulu was $1,704 in 2009 — second only to San Francisco. And yet the city's average weekly wage was $834, less than the national average of $870, according to the most recent federal data.