Bill O’Reilly is no stranger to controversy, and his latest target appears to be the Trayvon Martin case. O’Reilly interviewed Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton on his show Thursday (April 12), and after offering his condolences, the political pundit launched into an attack on Rev. Al Sharpton.
According to O’Reilly, Sharpton should apologize for injecting emotion into the case, and encouraging to any potential violent backlash from the public.
As he sees it, Sharpton has contributed to the staunch public opinion which pegs Martin’s accused killer as a racist. Of course race has been at the forefront of the 17-year-old’s death from the start, and a 911 call made by Zimmerman, suggests that he unlawfully profiled the high school student. “From the beginning, we’ve just called for calm. Let the system work. Let’s not convict Zimmerman on television. Let’s not make these wild charges,” he said before calling out Sharpton as one of the people who “didn’t follow his advice” regarding the controversial shooting. “I said last night that some of them should apologize, like Rev. Sharpton, was I wrong to say that?” Fulton retorted by explaining that both she and the longtime Civil Rights activist do not promote violence. “We’ve never asked anybody to do anything out of the ordinary,” she explained. “We wanted to have peaceful rallies and peaceful protests. We’re not supporting any violence or anything like that.”
Sharpton has been a very vocal supporter of the Martin family, often standing by their side during media interviews, and coordinated rallies calling for Zimmeman’s arrest. Fulton’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, also weighed in, stating that the protests and demonstrations were necessary in helping to bring the teen’s killer to justice.
After nearly two months of freedom, the 28-year-old surrendered to Florida officials last week, after it was announced that he would be charged for the killing. One day later, the former neighborhood watch volunteer made his first court appearance, and was officially informed that he will face second degree murder charges.
Zimmerman is expected to plead not guilty to the charges, and is due to be arraigned in court May 29.
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