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Bill O'Reilly: It's time to start arresting "subversives" who disagree with me

"Things are officially out of control," he argued, which means "subversive office holders" have to go

Scott Eric Kaufman
October 22, 2015 5:00PM (UTC)

Bill O'Reilly was incensed that the San Francisco's Board of Supervisors isn't merely philosophically opposed to the anti-immigration policy initiatives he dubbed "Kate's Law" after the murder of Kate Steinle earlier this year, but that members of it are actively petitioning to keep the city's current status as a sanctuary intact.

He played a clip of Supervisor Malia Cohen arguing that the city "cannot allow one event to dictate 25 years of our city's policies towards undocumented immigrants." O'Reilly took particular offense to her claim that "we cannot allow hateful conservative news stations to drive how we respond to incidents in our city," as well as her declaration that she's "not afraid of Fox News and they don't influence how I make my policy decisions here in San Francisco."


She should be afraid, however, because if O'Reilly was "the attorney general of the United States, I would immediately place her under arrest" just to spite her, because he knows "I might not win the case, but I would send a message to all subversive office holders in this country."

He quickly tempered his remarks, saying that while San Francisco is "hopeless," it's possible for the American electorate to "rise up and elect responsible politicians," by which he hopefully means ones who don't consider grandstanding in the form of, say, arresting politicians with whom they disagree to be good policy.

Or perhaps he does, "because right now, you know what? Things are officially out of control," and anything goes in a state of perpetual emergency.


Watch the entire segment via Fox News below.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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