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A vacationing Bill O’Reilly called into his own Fox News show on Monday to blast New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as a “villain,” as City Hall’s relationship with the New York City Police Department continues to deteriorate in the wake of Saturday’s fatal shootings of two police officers. During the 6-minute rant, O’Reilly called for de Blasio’s immediate resignation.
“He is an anti-police individual,” O’Reilly said. “He’s been anti-police his whole career. Who’s his best friend? It’s Al Sharpton — a racial provocateur, an anti-cop individual who is de Blasio’s best friend. That says it all.
“Now de Blasio is actually proud that he told his teenage son he may face ‘dangers’ when interacting with the NYPD,” the “Factor” host continued. “What kind of responsible father tells that to his son? Then after witnessing because it was on videotape two of his police lieutenants get beaten by a mob, the mayor of New York City says it was an ‘alleged’ beating. That insulted every officer. All 35,000 NYPD were insulted. Allegedly? You saw it with your own eyes, you pinhead. That was the end. When he said that, he lost the police department.”
O’Reilly, whose grandfather was a member of the NYPD, applauded the officers who turned their backs on the mayor outside the hospital where their fellow officers were pronounced dead.
“Good for them. Good for them,” O’Reilly said. “This is an individual who should resign today. Today.”
— tracie strahan (@tstrahan4NY) December 23, 2014
On Monday, de Blasio asked protesters to put their demonstrations on hold until the two officers are buried.
“It’s a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things we will talk about in due time,” de Blasio said. “Let’s comfort these families, let’s see them through these funerals. Then debate can begin again.”
But O’Reilly said the mayor’s words fell on deaf ears.
“He’s lost the control of the police department and their respect,” O’Reilly said. “They will never come back, no matter what he says, because he sided with the protesters. That’s what he did. And he associated with provocateurs and he has disgraced the office of the mayor of New York City. He should resign.”
O’Reilly stopped short of saying de Blasio has “blood” on his hands, as Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said Saturday.
The lone gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, “is the only one responsible for the deaths of the two police officers,” O’Reilly said. “No one else has blood on their hands."
But “aiding and abetting” Brinsley, O'Reilly said, were those protesters who yelled “We want dead cops!" during the protests over the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
“They should be shunned,” O’Reilly said of the protesters. “If you know them, never speak to them again. They aided this.”