On his Fox News Channel show Monday, host Bill O’Reilly went after President Barack Obama for equivocating on his opinion of Occupy Wall Street and some of the movement’s more controversial antics.
O’Reilly, calling in from a cable convention in Boston, told fill-in host Laura Ingraham that it’s time for the president to weigh in on the occupiers after dodging the question in a press conference from the NATO summit in Chicago on Monday.
“The president should be answering the question: Do you still support the Occupy Wall Street movement, because in the beginning he did,” O’Reilly said. “So now, and we’ll get to this in a moment, when he is asked about the protesters he gives an answer that doesn’t say one way or the other whether he approves of this kind of thing.”
O’Reilly teased his Tuesday program, explaining he would be featuring a segment that tied the Service Employees International Union to the Occupy protests. But then he shared an incident from Friday night on Broadway in New York City.
“On a personal note, on Friday, I went to see a play called ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ on Broadway,” O’Reilly said. “I had three kids with me. When I left the theater I was confronted by an Occupy Wall Street guy who was very obnoxious, came within inches of my face. I told him there were children present. He didn’t care — actually chased the car down the street. Now, that wasn’t an accident. Somebody had seen me going in or in the theater had texted the Occupy people, who dispatched this guy to chase me down. This is what is happening across the country, I think people should know about it.”
O’Reilly said there were other incidents and that the Occupy movement’s efforts to “manufacture and contrive trouble” were the acts of “terrorists.”
“[W]hat I’m trying to say is it’s not just about me,” O’Reilly said. “This movement is now very coordinated and they are terrorists. They are trying to create trouble. That’s what terrorists do. They are not on the par of al-Qaida, but they are trying to create trouble — manufacture and contrive trouble.”