Thanx for the video link.
In the clip, O’Rielly certainly puts his foot in his mouth when he says he "couldn’t get over it" … and Sharpton’s comment to the effect that expressing such surprise is "unhelpful", is appropriate. (unusually refreshing to hear something even-handed from Sharpton)
If O’Rielly was directing his comments to a specific listener base of his that he believes needs to hear that sort of endorsement … then, that might explain what he was thinking … but it is still an unfortunate commentary on both his listeners and O’Rielly himself.
btw divfl, lmao 😉