On last night’s O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly confronted Illinois State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago), who is pushing a theory she allegedly heard from constituents that Chicago police are the ones gunning down black children in the streets. This contentious interview was just the latest for O’Reilly, who has weathered quite a storm in recent weeks for the conversation he is raising about the problems facing blacks in America.
“So Bill O'Reilly is also being very, very brave. He is taking on the poverty pimps, and he has been saying since the Zimmerman thing that this is an outrage on what is happening and what is being preached,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “And he said what we have to really talk about is the decay of the black family. The black family unit, as is the white family unit, the black family unit is just way, way ahead. But our families are disintegrating. And when our families disintegrate, no matter what the progressives want to tell you, the family is the essential building block of all society.”
Earlier this week, O’Reilly played this remarkable audio from Rep. Davis during his Talking Points Memo:
DAVIS: I'm going to tell you what some suspicions have been and people have whispered to me. They're not sure that black people are shooting all of these children. There's some suspicion – and I don't want to spread this, but I'm just going to tell you what I've been hearing. They suspect maybe the police are killing some of these kids.
Her comments, made on a radio show this week, appear to condone a “destructive” rumor that, as an elected official, she should have shot down immediately. Davis, however, has refused to take responsibility for publicizing the irresponsible allegation, which enraged O’Reilly during last night’s interview.
O'REILLY: Joining us now from Chicago is Ms. Davis. Do you regret saying that, madam?
DAVIS: Well, I didn't say it, Bill. I repeated what members of my community have said to me. It is important that people realize that that was not Monique Davis' statement. I was repeating what community members have said to me, over 70%.
O'REILLY: But you didn't say, "But that's crazy and they shouldn't think this because that's not what's happening."
DAVIS: Do I have to say that? Do I have to say that?
DAVIS: Why do I have to say it?
O'REILLY: Here's why you have to say it. Number one, your credibility as an elected official, all right? And number two, people don't know where you stand. Are you buying that, are you not buying that, are you refuting that? I mean, that is destructive to the discourse. I mean, Chicago police…
DAVIS: What I am saying, Bill…
O'REILLY: …As you well know are not gunning down black children. You know that, right?
DAVIS: Well, of - certainly they are not, Bill, but based upon the history of African Americans in this country and based upon the fact that 70% of the murders in Chicago are unsolved, 70% are unsolved, people are wondering what the heck is going on. Certainly Monique Davis, who is a good friend to the police, who support the police, I believe they're our First Responders, and I respect that. But I have the right as a legislator to repeat what my community says to me.
O'REILLY: Not if it's irresponsible you don't. I hear a lot of irresponsible stuff and I don't report it.
DAVIS: Well, I don't think it's irresponsible. They will…
O'REILLY: You don't think it's irresponsible for a person to accuse the Chicago police force of gunning down children without a shred of evidence? You don't think that's irresponsible?
DAVIS: I don't think they said that. I said there was some suspicion that that could be occurring.
O'REILLY: Even if the suspicion – no, that's irresponsible without any evidence.
DAVIS: But you don't know what my response to my community was, Bill O'Reilly, because you were not there.
O'REILLY: It doesn't matter.
DAVIS: I talk to people in private.
O'REILLY: I know what you said on the radio in the full context of what was said.
DAVIS: I repeated…
O'REILLY: You didn't walk away from those comments. You didn't refute them.
DAVIS: I repeated what was said to me on a radio show in Detroit never knowing it would get national attention and perhaps…
“Yeah, who knew? Who knew that it was broadcast,” Pat asked sarcastically. “I didn't know radio signals went into other people's homes. I thought I was just saying it to the host. “
“So this magic box called a radio does what exactly,” Glenn quipped. “So irresponsible.”
Watch the entire interview HERE.