O’Reilly: Obama defending #BLM is part of Democrat push to ‘undermine law enforcement’
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly continued to attack the Black Lives Matter movement on Friday, arguing that President Barack Obama’s remarks supporting it are sign of a Democratic Party effort to move to the extreme left.
“The Democratic Party right now has been hijacked, and is trying to undermine federal law, undermine law enforcement in general and upend our capitalistic system,” he said.
O’Reilly was upset that Obama defended the movement during a forum on criminal justice on Thursday, saying that “the African-American community is not just making this up” when it came to concerns over police use of excessive force.
“It’s hard to believe that a sitting president is sympathetic to a group that’s calling for violence against American police officers,” O’Reilly said, showing footage of protesters in New York City last December chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops” and saying that Black Lives Matter leaders had not condemned the rhetoric.
He did not mention an MSNBC report stating that those demonstrators were not affiliated with the “Millions March NYC” that drew 25,000 on the same day.
As Media Matters reported on Thursday, O’Reilly clashed with a guest after trying to compare the movement to the Nazis. Last year, he accused the group of being secretly funded by billionaire George Soros.
Watch O’Reilly’s commentary, as aired on Friday, below.