On Thursday night, even Bill O’Reilly had heard enough from the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Fox News host opened up his show with video footage showing Black Lives Matter events in which protesters marched down a street chanting, “pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon”, referring to the police and another clip where crowds called for “dead cops.”
He also castigated an invitation by the Democratic National Committee to Black Lives Matter to host a presidential town hall event.
O’Reilly then turned to guest Keith Boykin, a BET host and Black Lives Matter spokesman, who said he believed it was important for the Democratic Party to work with the Black Lives Matter movement.
“You believe that the Democratic Party is correct in embracing a radical group, a group that calls for police officers to be killed, do I have your opinion correct?” O’Reilly asked.
Boykin defended the movement as O’Reilly honed in on the issue of whether the movement supported killing police officers. A heated exchange followed as O’Reilly tried to ask a question and Boykin continued to talk.
“Mr. Boykin, you’re either going to stop talking or I’m going to cut your mic off,” O’Reilly finally said.
In the silence that followed, O’Reilly asked the question he had been trying to ask before.
“Did anybody in the Black Lives Matter movement repudiate ‘we want dead cops’?” O’Reilly said. Boykin did not respond.
“Thank you,” snapped O’Reilly, who then turned to his other guest, law professor David Goodfriend.
When Boykin then decided he wanted to get back into the fray, O’Reilly took action.
“Your time is done, Mr. Boykin,” O’Reilly said. “Cut him down.”
Boykin’s microphone was silenced. O’Reilly returned to his discussion of the Democrats’ invitation to Black Lives Matter.
“You would think if you have an organized group in America saying we want dead cops, that all decent people would reject that group,” he said. “The Democratic Party is actively embracing Black Lives Matter.”
He asked Goodfriend, “Would you be comfortable with the Republican party bringing in the Stormfront, the Nazi people, and saying we’d like our candidates to talk to you guys?”
Goodfriend responded in the negative.
“They’re an extreme group, the Nazi party. But the Black Lives Matter is also an extreme group as you’ve heard, as we’ve proven,” O’Reilly continued. “They’ve just this week interrupted a town meeting in Los Angeles…where the mayor couldn’t even speak to the folks, where they stormed in.”
Boykin, who O’Reilly had given another chance to speak, said he was outraged at the comparison. He insisted no Black Lives Matter leader called for the deaths of police officers.
“I’ve asked you to give me one name of a person who’s repudiated that and you couldn’t…The group is judged by its behavior,” O’Reilly replied.