During Thursday’s O’Reilly Factor, bost Bill O’Reilly shared his reaction to last night’s run-in with a D.C. Occupier. The man, who rushed towards O’Reilly repeatedly asked the Fox host whether he had attended a fundraiser for now-Republican frontrunner Newt Gingrich.
O’Reilly told viewers that he had been “walking to the White House for an annual media party,” when a man ran up behind him and “began screaming,” ignoring O’Reilly’s pleas to leave him alone. When the man was about a foot away, the Fox News host attempted to use his umbrella as a shield.
Below is Wednesday’s video for reference. O’Reilly’s reaction on Thursday’s Factor, follows below:
O’Reilly continued, recounting how a Secret Service agent stopped the man, discovering that he was an Occupy DC protester. O’Reilly asked the agent to call police because “I felt the guy was out of control.” The man could not be arrested, according to the officers who arrived on the scene, because he hasn’t actually physically touched O’Reilly.
The host added that, if the man had identified himself, he would have stopped and talked to him, maybe even invited him onto The Factor, but that, since he didn’t know who the man is or whether or not he was carrying a weapon, he tried to, essentially, protect himself from a meddling, threatening stranger.
In response to the events of that evening, Factor guest and D.C. police detective Trevor Hewick weighed in, saying, “The police misinterpreted the law…because you don’t have to have a physical contact or an injury to arrest somebody for simple assault.”
Hewick suggested that political correctness might have been at play in preventing law enforcement from taking further action.
Below is an interview with the man who rushed O’Reilly: