Appearing on Fox’s O’Reilly Factor, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump didn’t get the deferential treatment he has come to expect when he makes his almost nightly visit to Sean Hannity’s show, as host Bill O’Reilly tried to rein him Monday night when he started talking about policing policies.
Discussing crime rates in Chicago — a favorite of target for conservatives – Trump went on to say that he thinks cops are handling suspects with kid gloves and that they need to be able to clamp down on suspects.
“I know police in Chicago,” Trump began. “If they were given the authority to do it, they would get it done.”
“How?” O’Reilly asked.
“How? By being very much tougher than they are right now,” Trump asserted. “They’re right now not tough. I could tell you this very long and quite boring story, but when I was in Chicago, I got to meet a couple of very top police. I said, ‘How do you stop this?'”
According to Trump, one of his unnamed “top” Chicago cops told him, “Mr. Trump, I’d be able to stop it in one week,” with Trump saying the cops want to use undefined “tough police tactics.”
O’Reilly jumped in by telling Trump, “You need a warrant to arrest people. You can’t beat them up ! You have to have a warrant to arrest them! You have to –” only to be cut off by Trump who wasn’t interested in going into details.
“All I know is this,” Trump blustered. “I went to a top police officer in Chicago, who is not the police chief, and I could see by the way he was dealing with his people, he was a rough, tough guy, they respected him greatly.”
Trump then repeated the same story over again about “tough tactics,” only to have O’Reilly ask: “But he didn’t tell exactly precisely how?”
“No,” Trump replied as if the case was closed. “Because I’m not the mayor of Chicago.”
Watch the video below via YouTube and Mediaite: