Fox News “comedian” Dennis Miller didn’t come right out and say that a white guy sucker punching a black guy at a Donald Trump rally was payback for black-on-white crime. But any viewer with half a brain knew that's what he meant.
Before Miller got to Trump violence, he mocked Jorge Ramos by resting his head on his hand, as Ramos had in a prior interview. “I’m not being anti-Latino, I’m being anti-affected,” Miller “joked.”
Then it was on to the incident in which a white man sucker punched an African American protester as he was being escorted out of a Trump rally. First, Miller shrugged it off as no biggie, then he suggested that it's really no biggie compared to black crime, then he suggested that it was the protester's fault for giving the finger.
MILLER: I know everybody’s telling me that the Trump rallies are so violent now. I guess. Are they talking about the 78 year-old guy who clocked the kid who was giving him the finger up there in the Bob Uecker seats? I guess it’s the end of the world as we know it.
You know, I didn’t like it but then again, I didn’t like that knockout game that people were playing a couple of years ago. Remember when they were going up to homeless people and old people and sucker punching them in the face?
Now, if you said to me, “What’s more egregious? This guy, here, or the knockout game?” I’m just telling you the truth – I know I’m gonna get condemned for this – I found the knockout game more pre-apocalyptic ‘cause people were just minding their own business and people would come up and sucker ‘em in the face. I can tell you, throughout history, if you’re walking through a thing and you’re giving the finger to people who are there participating in something, guess what? I grew up in Pittsburgh. There’s a chance you’re gonna get clocked.
Let's be clear, the "knockout game" (which many experts dispute is real) is a stand in for "black on white crime." Don't tell me Miller doesn't know that. But even if the "knockout game" exists, street crime has nothing to do with violence at a trump rally. It certainly had nothing to do with this incident - other than the inter-racial crime factor.
Furthermore, it wasn’t just the sucker punch but the fact that the assailant also said, “You bet I liked it. Knocking the hell out of that big mouth,” and “The next time we see him, we might have to kill him. We don’t know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization.”
As terrible as street crime is, it doesn’t target people because of their political beliefs, as this obviously did.
Rather than challenge Miller’s ridiculous (and bigoted) analogy, O’Reilly smiled and said, “In Levittown, there’s a chance” someone would get punched for the same behavior. He did add, “But we’re not justifying it.”
“How far did I go out of my way to say that?” Miller protested.
Not very far, Dennis, not very far at all.
Watch it above, from the March 16 The O’Reilly Factor.
Crossposted at News Hounds.
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