Tucker Carlson pins Highland Park shooting on ‘lectures’ from women on male ‘privilege’ while Bill O’Reilly loses it over Illinois governor’s response to massacre and says ‘you won’t stop crime because they’re minority gangs’
- Television hosts weigh in about the Highland Park, Ill., mass shooting that left seven dead and 47 others injured
- Fox News host Tucker Carlson blamed women and drugs on why men commit heinous acts, like mass shootings
- Bill O’Reilly on his ‘No Spin News’ broadcast put Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on blasts for focusing on gun violence during his response to the Highland Park shooting
- O’Reilly furiously claimed the governor is a ‘phony’ that ‘won’t stop crime’
Fox News hosts past and present weighed in on Monday’s mass shooting in Highland Park, Ill., attributing women lecturing men on ‘privilege’ and government officials not prosecuting crimes because they’re committed by ‘minority gangs’ as reason these atrocities keep happening.
On Tuesday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said women going on about male ‘privilege’ is contributing to men ‘going nuts’ and behaving like Highland Park shooter, Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III, 22, who killed 7 people and injured 47.
‘Authorities in their lives, mostly women, never stop lecturing them about their so-called privilege. “You are male, you are privileged.” Imagine that, try and imagine an unhealthier, unhappier life than that. So a lot of young men in America are going nuts,’ Carlson said.
Carlson questioned why Crimo didn’t ‘raise an alarm’ or ‘stand out’ to authorities, despite the fact police had visited Crimo’s home on at least two other occasions — first, after he threatened to kill himself and, again, after he threatened to kill family members.
‘Look at Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo. Would you sell a gun to that guy? Does he seem like a nutcase? Of course he does,” Carlson said, asking why no one raised an alarm before suggesting an answer.
‘Maybe it is because there are a lot of young men in America who suddenly look and act like this guy,’ he said. ‘That is not an attack, it is just true.’
The Fox News host explained that men are becoming inured to drugs — and then committing heinous acts.
‘They are numbed by the endless psychotropic drugs that are handed out in every school in the country by crackpots posing as counselors,’ he said.
‘Of course, they are angry, they know that their lives will not be better than their parents,’ they will be worse. That is all but guaranteed, they know that. They are not stupid.’
Tucker Carlson blamed mass shootings on ‘drugs’ and ‘lectures’ from women on male privilege
Bill O’Reilly, on the other hand, took aim at Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, slamming him for his laser focus on firearms following the Highland Park attack.
‘It is devastating that a celebration of America was ripped apart by our uniquely American plague,’ Pritzker said in a July 4 press conference. ‘A day dedicated to freedom has put into stark relief the one freedom we as a nation refuse to uphold. The freedom of our fellow citizens to live without the daily fear of gun violence.’
Pritzker continued, saying: ‘We, as a nation, continue’ to let mass shootings ‘happen.’
Speaking about Monday’s Highland Park shooting, Pritzker said: ‘We, as a nation, continue to let this happen’
O’Reilly, in a heated segment on his ‘No Spin News’ broadcast, furiously responded to Pritzker singling out firearms as cause for the mass violence by claiming the governor wasn’t taking the necessary steps to address crime in the state.
‘You, J.B., are not going to stop loons, and you won’t stop crime – drug crime, drug gangs because they are minority gangs,’ he said. ‘You phony. You aid and abet this murder in Chicago blankin’ day.’
The TV hosts’ commentary came after seven people were killed in Monday’s Fourth of July massacre.
Crimo went on the attack shortly after a parade started in Highland Park from a rooftop building. The suspect was armed with a legally purchased rifle — one of his many firearms.
The gunman opened fire at 10: 14 a.m. on Monday, barely 15 minutes into the parade. He then fled the scene and hid throughout the day before eventually being arrested at 6:30 p.m. in Lake Forrest, eight miles north of where the massacre unfolded
It has been suggested that this is where shooter Bobby Crimo opened fire
The suspect fired 70 rounds before abandoning his weapon and running into the crowd dressed like a girl. Shortly after he arrived at his mother’s house and borrowed her car, she being seemingly unaware he was the shooter.
He drove eight miles north before being arrested.
The gunman was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.
Crimo was arrested hours after the massacre in which seven people were killed