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Bill O’Reilly: West “Should Have Gone After Wasserman Schultz The Way He Wanted”

Reported by Ellen - July 22, 2011 -

The next time Bill O’Reilly complains about hate mongering on the left, please think of this discussion in which O’Reilly didn’t just defend Rep. Allen West’s shocking attack on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz but actually endorsed it. O’Reilly’s only problem with West’s unhinged behavior? West never directly rebutted Wasserman Schultz’ "Democratic propaganda."

As I previously posted, the current contretemps between the two Floridian Congresspeople occurred when Wasserman Schultz said on the House Floor:

". . .President Obama has vowed to veto this bill which ends the Medicare guarantee and, incredulously, the gentleman from Florida, who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries. Unbelievable from a member from South Florida."

West responded with the following email to Wasserman Schultz, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

Subject - Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz.

Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!

I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.

You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!

Bill O’Reilly didn’t reveal to his viewers the contents of West’s email but he did play a clip of West on Varney and Co., a Fox Business Show, refusing to apologize. Similar to West’s comments to Martha MacCallum earlier that day, West was seen telling Varney, “I do have the right to stand up and defend my honor.”

“I think so too,” O’Reilly immediately said. In O’Reilly’s mind, West’s mistake was not that he called Wasserman Schultz “vile, unprofessional and despicable” nor telling her to “shut the heck up” nor that she is “not a lady.” No, it was West’s failure to confront her “Democratic propaganda.” O’Reilly said, “Wasserman Schultz attacked him using the Democratic propaganda that the Republican party and Congressman West wants to throw the old people off the medical rolls so that people can have private jets. That’s got to be confronted, don’t you think?”

“Yes, yes,” Varney emphatically agreed. He sugarcoated West’s email by saying that West responded “very, very forcefully, I think because he thought that his honor as a human being had been impugned… He felt he had been dishonored. He’s a military guy, he’s a blunt guy and he comes right back with a very harsh email.”

Varney did not sound disapproving.

Neither did O’Reilly when he added, “(West) said she’s vile and all that business.” O’Reilly continued, “But don’t you think he could have used the opportunity to convince people that his view of the issue… is better off for elderly people?”

Varney conceded West “could have turned it around to his advantage but he is a man of honor, a blunt military guy… Maybe he could have used softer language, perhaps he should have.”

O’Reilly interrupted. “I don’t care about that. I think he should have gone after Wasserman Schultz the way he wanted."

“But I don’t think he should have apologized,” Varney said.

“I wouldn’t apologize either,” O’Reilly agreed. “…He used words that were forceful because he felt, as you said, his honor was impugned. I have no problem with that. But I do think he could have used the occasion to expand what it is that we’re talking about.”

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