Bill O’Reilly says those against Zimmerman verdict ‘hate America’
No room for nuance for pugnacious pundit, put up or shut up are your options
Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly knows what's wrong with America, it's anyone who's upset by the George Zimmerman verdict.
In O'Reilly's view people appalled by the ruling either 'hate America' or 'believe the country is flat-out racist.'
Those are your two options from the No Spin Zone meister.
O'Reilly was lamenting the fact that this weekend millions of Americans, on the streets and online, protested Zimmerman's shocking acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
But O'Reilly has news for you now, you're either traitors to your own nation or you believe that everyone in it is a racist. There's no room for any other opinion.
According to Opposingviews.com, during his Talking Points Memo feature O'Reilly said those offended by the Zimmerman verdict can be split into two groups: those who hate America or those who are 'emotionally invested' in the case because they suffer from a 'victim mentality.'
The actual 17 year old victim of the gunshots was not included in O'Reilly's thoughts on the matter.
'So the anti-American folks are using the acquittal of George Zimmerman to vent their hatred,' O’Reilly said, smearing the legitimacy of their point of view by tarnishing them as traitors.
'America in general had nothing to do with the death of Trayvon Martin,' O'Reilly said, making no mention of Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law, which critics say protected Zimmerman from a jail term.
'It was a calamity, not a product of policy. Now the second group of Americans emotionally invested in the demise of George Zimmerman are those who believe their country is flat out racist. That blacks and other minorities don’t get fair play from the justice system, the economic system or the social system. Many of these Americans are nursing personal grievances. Others are victims of the victim mentality.'
Generational and widespread American racism is actually black people's fault, O'Reilly seemed to be suggesting.
In O’Reilly’s estimation the people protesting Zimmerman's release are also sore losers.
'Here are a variety of agendas all coming together to protest the Zimmerman verdict,' he said, inferring that there was something suspect about that.'
'To believe that the verdict was racist, you have to believe that six women jurors want to harm blacks,' said O'Reilly in a claim that was far from convincing to many observers.
O’Reilly did not protest the O.J. Simpson verdict in 1995, so he suggested no one should protest this decision either.
'While our justice system in fallible – we saw that in the O.J. Simpson case – you simply cannot brand a jury racist without visible proof,' he said.
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