Fox News host Bill O'Reilly returned from vacation Monday to slam New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for what he said was an anti-police mentality.
Warning of a "mini-crisis brewing in New York City," O'Reilly accused politicians like de Blasio of portraying police as those responsible for furthering injustice in the world.
“That point of view that the left is putting out there – saying that police are instruments of oppression, rather than a protective force – is causing outrage on the part of the cops themselves,” O’Reilly said.
"The Factor" host then drew attention to de Blasio's recent reappointment of Judge Laura Johnson. The judge had recently ruled against holding a suspect on bail, despite the individual being accused of making a terroristic threat against police.
[sharequote align="right"]"The one thing the police cannot protect us from is a politician like Bill de Blasio."[/sharequote]
O'Reilly, calling that an "outrageous decision," said the mayor's reappointment of Johnson to the bench reaffirmed his anti-cop attitude.
“But Mayor De Blasio did re-appoint her, symbolically spitting in the face of his own police department," he said. "And de Blasio wonders why these men and women are turning their backs on him, why they despise him? ... No sane judge does that, and no responsible mayor condones it.”
The Fox News host, who had previously called for de Blasio to resign in late-December, reaffirmed his position Monday evening.
“Policing is a dangerous job. A few police officers abuse their power, the system must hold them responsible for that, but the vast majority of the NYPD and all other American police agencies do protect us from evil, from harm, from destruction. The one thing the police cannot protect us from is a politician like Bill de Blasio," he concluded.
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