Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly and contributor Kirsten Powers found themselves entrenched in a heated argument with each other Friday night over the out-of-control violence in Chicago.
O'Reilly contended in his Talking Points Memo that officials should have flooded Chicago's "free fire zones" long ago with the National Guard and an army of police officers. The reason they haven't? Racism, he suggested.
Powers, asked for her opinion, said she agreed that more law enforcement in the area could help solve the problem, but pushed back against O'Reilly's assertion that the reason officials haven't taken such action is because they are racist.
"I don't think it's true that people don't care about this or that they aren't trying to solve the problem," she said. "It's not right to say Rahm Emanuel isn't aware about this or isn't trying to solve the problem."
"Alright, give me one the thine mayor of Chicago has done to solve the problem?" O'Reilly asked.
"He hasn't solved the problem," Powers replied.
"Give me one thing he has done to try to solve the problem," O'Reilly pressed.
"That's not the point," Powers said.
She asked, "Is your position that Rahm Emanuel is racist against black people and doesn't care this is happening?"
O'Reilly said he wanted wanted to be "very clear" in saying that Emanuel hasn't done "one thing" to solve the problem.
"Now, you can draw the implication," he said. "But you said it! If this were in the Miracle Mile in Chicago, you know damn well, the cops would be flooding the zone and it wouldn't happen!"
An impassioned O'Reilly continued to shout toward Powers for the next several moments as the two disagreed.
"I don't know why you're yelling at me," Powers said, noting that she agreed with a large part of what he was saying in terms of a potential solution.
O'Reilly ended the segment saying, "I wasn't yelling at you. I was just yelling in general."
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