O’Reilly Challenges Trayvon Martin’s Mother on Al Sharpton: He ‘Should Apologize’
Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and her lawyer, Benjamin Crump, appeared on FOX News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” last night where they joined Bill O’Reilly in discussing the Rev. Al Sharpton, George Zimmerman, and the media’s reaction to the case.
“I think all Americans are feeling your pain,” O’Reilly told Fulton. “And we all want justice in the case.”
The host quickly transitioned into questions about the Rev. Al Sharpton and his disparaging comments about Zimmerman.
“I don’t know the circumstances behind it, but he also promotes peace,” Fulton said of Sharpton. “We’ve never asked for anyone to do anything out of the ordinary. We wanted to have peaceful rallies and peaceful protests. And we’re not supporting any violence or anything.”
O’Reilly said that both Fulton and Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, have been “magnificent” and that they, indeed, haven’t sparked any calls for violence in the wake of their son’s death. Still, the host stated his concern with the ongoing tensions that are creating a stir across America.
“The television media is whipping up these things,” O’Reilly continued. “And I think that Sharpton should apologize for some of the things he’s said.”
Again, Fulton attempted to steer clear of condemning Sharpton, claiming that she hasn’t been watching the news and doesn’t have enough information to comment.
“I’m not sure what response you want,” she said.
Crump then jumped into the conversation to explain why the rallies and demonstrations have been much-needed, in his view, to ensure Zimmerman’s arrest.
“I think one of the things, Mr. O’Reilly, you [had to have these] rallies and demonstrations just to get him arrested,” Crump explained. “We’ve always felt that had that not happened they would have never arrested Zimmerman.”
O’Reilly respectfully disagreed and said that he always assumed that officials would do the right thing and arrest the shooter.
The conversation next turned to the justice system — a system that Fulton says she has full faith in.
“I believe in the judicial system and I believe that he [Zimmerman] can get a fair trial,” she explained.
In the end, Crump agreed with O’Reilly and said that there was no need to make the case about race when it really should be centered upon justice.
“This shouldn’t be a racial issue,” he said. “It should really just be about justice.”
Watch the interview, below:
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