On "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning, Fox News contributor Alan West spoke to Brian Kilmeade about the controversial chant that's spurred Bill O'Reilly to vow to destroy the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
According to West, the chant -- "Pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon" -- isn't a singular instance of protesters venturing into rhetorically suspect territory, but evidence of a shadowy network of George Soros-funded, Barack Obama-led conspirators intent on the murder of law enforcement officials.
Like O'Reilly last night, Kilmeade suggested that "this is one day after a cop [Darren Goforth] was murdered because he had the audacity to put gas in his car wearing a uniform. Is there a linkage?"
West replied that of course there's "a linkage," because this isn't considered "hate speech by the progressive socialist left," and is actually encouraged by it. Kilmeade noted that on "The Kelly File" last night, it was argued that if "you're going to say what happened in Texas is related to the chants in Minnesota, you've got to say that Sarah Palin's remarks had something to do with the shooting of Gabby Giffords. Do you agree?"
"Absolutely not," West said, characterizing those remarks "as absolutely insidious," because "you do have a movement out there that is funded by the left, by George Soros, this #BlackLivesMatter -- but you don't see these people going into the neighborhoods in New York, Chicago, Baltimore, where you see black men killing themselves. This is all driven by political ideology, and the fact that we're allowing people to go out and 'protest' -- that's not 'free speech,' that's 'hate speech.'"
Putting aside the fact the the #BlackLivesMatter movement isn't being funded by George Soros, West's statements here simply don't pass logical muster.
I've written extensively on violent rhetoric, with particular attention to the very statements about Gabby Giffords that West addressed in this segment, and the chants by the protesters in Minnesota certainly qualify as such -- but a single protest by a group of people in Minnesota is not the same thing as a former governor and vice presidential candidate literally placing crosshairs over the location of senators and representatives who support gun control.
Palin's remarks are as reprehensible as these Minnesota's protesters, but a small group of protesters isn't equivalent to a political figure of Palin's national stature -- especially when they're not even representative of the movement as a whole. It's worth noting that the actual representatives of the movement have, in their dealings with police, embraced the tactics of non-violence.
But it's not as if West and Kilmeade are interested in that, not when there's a single, unflattering incident they can thrust to the fore of the national conversation.
Watch the entire conversation below via Fox News.