Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday argued that the Tsarnaev family was able to get more than $100,000 in welfare benefits over several years due to a welfare system that is devoid of oversight. When his guest, liberal radio show host Alan Colmes, challenged him, O’Reilly told him to “shut up.”
O’Reilly said the Boston bombing suspects’ mother is “disgraceful” for accusing the United States of framing her children for terrorism when her family has been taking taxpayer dollars. He also asked his guests why President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick aren’t angry over the fact that the terrorist suspects’ family were getting welfare assistance while “driving a Mercedes” and going back and forth to the country that was supposedly “persecuting” them — which is why they asked for asylum in the U.S.
When Colmes tried to interrupt him, O’Reilly ordered him to “shut up.”
Colmes disagreed, calling the uproar from conservatives “manufactured outrage” intended to go after welfare recipients and immigrants. He also noted privacy laws that protect welfare recipients.
While Monica Crowley argued the government could care less about Americans’ privacy unless “you want to blow up the United States and kill a bunch of Americans,” O’Reilly agreed that privacy laws are valid but “the public good overrides that” in the Boston bombing case.
Crowley and O’Reilly then bashed the “big government” policies of both parties, that allowed the welfare state to flourish.
“I don’t understand how you can say, knowing what we know, that if you went back in a time machine, you’d still allow them to come here,” O’Reilly said to Colmes. “Even though they weren’t being persecuted, that was a con…But the bottom line is this, there is no supervision over any of this. No supervision on asylum, no supervision on welfare payments. You can con the system, yet you wouldn’t do anything about it.”
Watch the segment via Fox News/Mediaite below:
(H/T: Josh Feldman, Mediaite)