On last night's The O'Reilly Factor, the eponymous host lashed out at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for voting to kill a proposed ordinance that would have impacted the city's status as a Sanctuary City. He focused his ire on Supervisor Malia Cohen, telling his viewers that if "I were the attorney general of the United States, I would immediately place her under arrest."
That no one at the Board of Supervisors violated any laws by voting against the ordinance appears to have been lost on O'Reilly, but we're sure that's not the first time.
As previously reported, on Tuesday the Board voted unanimously to reaffirm San Francisco's status as a "sanctuary city" following a national uproar over the death of Kathyrn Steinle at Pier 14 this summer.
“We cannot allow one event to dictate 25 years of our city’s policies toward undocumented immigrants," Cohen said at City Hall Tuesday.
"All of us in this room agree that the death of Kathryn Steinle was senseless and tragic, but what many of us disagree on is the role — if any — that San Francisco's existing sanctuary and due-process-for-all" ordinances played in the event... [We] cannot allow hateful conservative news stations to drive how we make policy decisions here in San Francisco."
In response to those remarks, O'Reilly said, "So let me be very clear. That woman is a disgrace, and if I were the attorney general of the United States, I would immediately place her under arrest. I might not win the case, but I would send a message to all subversive office holders in this country, that if you do not obey federal law, you yourself will be prosecuted."
This isn't the first time O'Reilly and his conservative cohort have taken the Board to task for how it deals with issues surrounding undocumented, non-violent criminal offenders, and how the city responds (or doesn't respond) to Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers' requests regarding those offenders.
In fact, O'Reilly's fantasizing about arresting Supervisor Cohen follows on the heels of another Fox News/Board of Supervisors clash, wherein one of his staffer's confrontations with Supervisor Wiener led to a brusque dismissal from the supervisor, with Wiener saying "Fox News is not real news, and you’re not a reporter."
[h/t Media Matters ]