Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly had an on-air disagreement Monday night over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to reappoint a judge who recently set no bail for an 18-year-old man accused of making threats against police, Mediaite reported.
O'Reilly outlined his frustration over Criminal Court Judge Laura Johnson's decision not to set bail for Devon Coley, the accused man who O'Reilly said is an alleged gang member, during his show's "Talking Points Memo" segment. Coley allegedly posted a picture on Facebook of a man shooting a gun into an NYPD car.
"The NYPD is furious as it should be. Judge Johnson had to be reappointed to the bench by New Year's Eve," O'Reilly proclaimed. "Most of us felt she had no chance after that outrageous decision, but Mayor de Blasio did reappoint her, symbolically spitting in the face of his own police department."
Kelly, though, had a different view. While she didn't think Johnson did the right thing, the "Kelly File" host felt that O'Reilly was being a bit too hard on both her and de Blasio and that her reappointment isn't as problematic as he claims.
"I don't think she did the right thing, but I think you may be being too hard on her and the mayor by extension," Kelly said, claiming that de Blasio is a "hot mess" for other reasons, but that this case isn't as egregious as O'Reilly maintains.
She noted that Coley has reportedly already paid bail on other occasions and that the judge likely assumed that there was no reason to think that the teenager wouldn't show up to court this month, especially considering how much money had already been doled out in his favor.
"The purpose of bail, Bill, is only to make sure the person shows up," Kelly said.
O'Reilly countered, though, that bail also keeps dangerous people off the street, though Kelly disagreed, claiming that New York State doesn't handle bail in that manner.
Watch the debate below:
And see O'Reilly speak out against Johnson in a separate segment below (starts at the 6:00 mark):