While I wouldn’t call myself a regular viewer of Bill O’Reilly’s The Factor, I would say I’ve seen enough of it to generally know the context and tone of how the Fox News personality conducts himself. That being said, I think he’s reaching the point where he might be “losing it” just a bit. Over the last few months he just seems to be a bit more unhinged and volatile. Not that he’s ever been the most cordial of individuals, but there’s just something different about him.
It sort of reminds me of that person who’s just done something for so long they either bow out gracefully when they’re burned out (Jon Stewart) or they eventually just spiral into a shell of their former selves – and it’s usually never pretty to watch. That’s what I think is happening to O’Reilly.
Take for instance last night’s show where he absolutely snapped, accusing the mayor of San Francisco of being responsible for the death of Kate Steinle, who was allegedly shot and killed by illegal immigrant Francisco Sanchez.
Oh, and he also called the Obama administration “complicit” in her tragic death.
“Here’s the deal. Here’s the deal,” O’Reilly said. “The mayor and city supervisors of San Francisco are directly responsible for the murder of Kate Steinle, and the Obama administration is complicit.”
Now, what’s his “logic” for such a bold claim? Because San Francisco has very lax immigration laws where the city has claimed it won’t comply with federal laws pertaining to illegal immigrants, and apparently the Obama administration hasn’t done anything about it.
To be fair, I don’t agree with any city saying that they’re going to ignore federal laws on immigration. While I’m in full support of comprehensive immigration reform, I don’t think any local city, country or even state for that matter should have the right to ignore the federal laws we have in place for immigration.
O’Reilly then went on to defend Donald Trump, claiming that this is all about political correctness and the fear of being seen as anti-immigrant by taking action against San Francisco.
“Which is why Trump caught so much hell,” O’Reilly stated. “The Constitution demands that the federal government protect Americans from foreign intruders, demands it. Obviously, that responsibility’s not being met. And if you point that out, as Trump did, you’re a racist. A piñata for the open border crowd to bash. The fact that a felon could be deported five times and still be walking around San Francisco should shame Congress.”
First, people didn’t call Trump a racist for advocating for border security. They called him a racist because he called most Mexican immigrant criminals and rapists. There’s a huge difference between saying we need to secure our borders and going on multiple anti-Mexican tirades where you call them criminals and rapists.
But even beyond that, the alleged shooter had already been deported five times, so it’s not as if the federal government wasn’t enforcing our laws. No matter how “secure” you want to try to make the border, people are going to find ways in.
The logic Bill O’Reilly is using here is the exact same kind he often attacks when it comes to issues such as guns. I’m sure Mr. O’Reilly would strongly object to one using the Charleston shooter to blame the NRA and Republicans for the nine lives lost that night. After all, they’re the two groups who fiercely fight against any laws or regulations that seek to prevent mentally unstable individuals from obtaining guns.
But it does go to show you just how petty someone like Bill O’Reilly can be. To use the tragic death of a young woman just to try to defend a racist while attacking liberals and President Obama is low, even for him.
Watch the segment below via Fox News: