O’Reilly noted that Bill Clinton responded when he was confronted by Black Lives Matter militants in Philadelphia who say Clinton helped pass racist laws in the criminal justice system.
“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids on crack and sent them out on the streets to murder other African-American children,” Bill Clinton could be heard screaming in the video.
Bill O’Reilly said that Clinton was absolutely correct and that the cruel drug world results in millions of Americans being harmed. O’Reilly agrees that dope pushers and gang members should be in prison. However, O’Reilly wasn’t too pleased that Clinton appeared to have backed off after pressure from Democrat groups and media outlets such as Rolling Stone, who thought his comments were racist.
“After saying what he said, Clinton came under pressure from his own party and may have buckled.”
O’Reilly then played a video of Clinton talking the next day about almost wanting to apologize for his statements. O’Reilly wondered why Clinton would “almost want to apologize” for saying something that’s true? O’Reilly then listed some pretty significant statistics.
- Violent crime has increased by 350 percent between 1960 and 1990.
- Violence in New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles was out of control, and people in poor neighborhoods suffered the most.
- In 1970, murderers in our country served a median 3.5 years in prison.
O’Reilly added that Bill Clinton, as well as both political parties, passed through new sentencing laws and, as a result, violent crime has dropped drastically since the mid-1990s to historic lows today.
O’Reilly then controversially brought race into the discussion. He cited a statistic that says African-Americans committed more than half of the homicides from 1976 to 1995. He also cited a study that said African-Americans were described as robbery perpetrators more than 60 percent of the time from 1976 to 1995, despite making up only 13 percent of the population.
O’Reilly didn’t say anything about African-Americans being arrested more for committing the same crime than other racial groups, something that many people believe still happens today. But he did have a major question: Why is the Democrat party caving into propaganda put out by radical groups like Black Lives Matter if tough sentencing reform signed by both parties (and approved by Bill Clinton) saved millions of lives?
Mr. O’Reilly then had Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer comment on the situation.
“I think you are absolutely right, although it pains me to say it. I think this is one of the most telling episodes we have seen in our politics and even our culture,” Krauthammer said, while adding that the Democrat party’s reaction to Bill Clinton’s impromptu speech to Black Lives Matter shows how much they have moved to the left.
There was a very mixed reaction to Bill O’Reilly’s show Monday evening on Twitter.
What do you make of Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo segment this evening? Does Mr. O’Reilly have a point, or is he actually racist like his critics claim he is? Let us know in the comments section.
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