Fox News host Bill O’Reilly: Those upset by Zimmerman verdict ‘simply hate America’

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, July 15, 2013 23:33 EDT
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Think the U.S. justice system treats African Americans unfairly? Then you “simply hate America” or suffer a “victim mentality,” according to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.

After highlighting some of the violence that occurred after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder, the Fox News host said Monday night those upset by the verdict could be roughly divided into two groups: those who hated America and those overwhelmed by a victim mentality.

“So the anti-American folks are using the acquittal of George Zimmerman to vent their hatred,” O’Reilly said. “Talking Points believes that’s dishonest. America in general had nothing to do with the death of Trayvon Martin. It was a calamity, not a product of policy.”

He added it was “astounding” that someone like Chicago preacher Father Michael Pfleger could believe America’s long history of institutional racism could impact a criminal trial.

“Now the second group of Americans emotionally invested in the demise of George Zimmerman are those who believe their country is flat out racist,” O’Reilly continued. “That blacks and other minorities don’t get fair play from the justice system, the economic system, or the social system.”

This second group wasn’t actually experiencing racism, he suggested. Instead, their view was based on “person grievances” or the “victim mentality.”

Watch video, courtesy of Fox News, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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