Bill O’Reilly, Master of the Universe, has a message for the Republican leadership of the Senate that has not carried out his wishes for his pet “Kate’s Law": “I know where they live, and believe me, we’ll come right to them.”
You may recall that Monday night, O’Reilly issued his marching orders to the House Benghazi committee. Tuesday, it was the Senate over “Kate’s Law,” O’Reilly’s pet project to punish criminal immigrants in the name of Kate Steinle, who was allegedly murdered by one. Apparently, the Senate did the unthinkable – and refused to bend to O’Reilly’s all-knowing wisdom and give Kate’s Law the stand-alone vote he wanted. Now that the legislation has been blocked, Master O’Reilly was in a snit.
First, in his Talking Points, O’Reilly attacked Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. Reid not only blocked the bill, he took a swipe at MOTU O’Reilly on the Senate floor.
“Senator Reid, the poster boy for anarchy, could not care less about the death of Kate Steinle,” O’Reilly seethed. “Could not care less. All he cares about is complete amnesty for undocumented immigrants. That’s it.”
At the end of the Talking Points, O’Reilly issued his first threat:
O’REILLY: I am not giving up. …We’ll see if [Senator Charles] Grassley’s quest (to bring the bill to the floor as a stand-alone vote) will finally lead to justice in the United States Senate. But if it does not, hear me well. We will confront the villains, no matter which party harbors them.
Immediately after the Talking Points, O’Reilly directed Senator Pat Toomey, a Kate’s Law supporter, as to how to pass the law.
O’REILLY: I know there are some far-left nuts in the senate but their seats are at risk if they vote against this law because any opponent can just hold that up and say you want this irresponsible person as your senator? So that’s number one. But you get that passed first! Then you go back to sanctuary city defunding, alright? Because at least you get something out of it!
Toomey said he thought even Kate’s Law alone might not get passed because “they’re so adamantly opposed to any mandatory minimum sentencing. I hope I’m wrong.”
O’Reilly erupted and his next words gave us a hint that maybe - just maybe – along with his noble thoughts on behalf of Kate, O’Reilly had some politics in mind, too. “That would destroy, that would almost destroy the Democratic Party, which is what the Republicans should want!” O’Reilly thundered at Toomey about anyone voting against a stand-alone bill.
Later, O’Reilly began jabbing his finger in the air and he sounded almost hysterical when he said, “Let the Democratic Party vote against that!”
He balled his fist and shoved it to the camera as he added, “But you gotta really make the case for the American people so even liberals – not crazy left – but even liberals say, 'You know what? This is wrong!' Pressure’s what’s gonna get this done, Senator.”
But O’Reilly wasn’t done with his threats.
O’REILLY: Now I want you to tell Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, that he better wise up. He was the lone Republican who voted against defunding sanctuary cities and Kate’s Law. He better wise up, this man, alright? I’m coming after him unless he changes his mind.
...You tell that leadership I ain’t going away, alright? And it better get done soon. Because I know where they live, and believe me, we’ll come right to them.
What’s he going to do, send Jesse Watters to stalk and ambush them the way he did Amanda Terkel?
Watch O’Reilly’s bullys*** below, from the October 20 The O’Reilly Factor.
When the right-wing starts taking the deaths of INNOCENT African-Americans at the hands of police, or in police custody, with as much gravity as they do white people, we’ll talk about these stupid laws.
But, the simplest fact is that “mandatory minimums” are a useless punishment. We’ve had to deal with the “three strikes” laws for decades, only to have people put in prison for years, even decades, for fairly minor offenses (like marijuana possession) but they had the misfortune of being caught and tried three times. Meanwhile, rapists and murderers can manage to get out on parole (something typically denied people tried under “three strikes”).
Furthermore, JUDGES (even some fairly strong conservatives) despise “mandatory minimums” because they remove a key aspect of the judicial process. But, they’re hampered by state legislators (and, in some cases, members of Congress) who decide the only way to be “tough on crime” is to force a judge and jury to ignore the circumstances of a particular crime and impose a punishment (which literally may not fit the actual crime).
And, Ed, I don’t think you could “pass it in a heartbeat.” That implies that you have a heart.
Oh. Just a little more food for thought. Who’s going to pay for the undocumented immigrants who get busted and then incarcerated for violating “Kate’s Law?” The goal should be to deport undocumented immigrants, right? So. You pass this law, and all you’re doing basically is offering an incentive for undocumented immigrants to WANT to get busted, be deported and then get busted again. They go on trial, found guilty, then put in prison for X number of years—all of which is paid for by YOUR tax dollars. If they’re not going to be incarcerated, then what’s going to prevent an undocumented immigrant busted under “Kate’s Law” from “repeat offending?”
Just go away, Ed. I think FoxNution and RedState are missing your “contributions.”