Bill O’Reilly opened his show tonight taking on drug crime and slamming celebrities for pressuring President Obama to end the war on drugs. O’Reilly said that in spite of what the Hollywood “pinheads” claim, drug dealers are not held for non-violent crime, and got heated with The Five co-host Bob Beckel over whether dealing drugs, no matter the amount, can be considered “non-violent.” Beckel argued that people are being unfairly imprisoned for possessing and distributing small amounts of drugs, with O’Reilly loudly insisting the amount doesn’t matter because young people overdose on small amounts.
Beckel started out by admitting he is, himself, a recovering drug addict, and seen firsthand the consequences of drug use. He said that anyone who deals in hard drugs “ought to be incarcerated for a long time,” but said that people who sell small amounts of drugs are getting disproportionately punished. O’Reilly shot back with White House statistics showing a significant amount of people incarcerated for drug crimes were traffickers. Beckel disputed how trafficking is defined, and said, “I don’t think they know what they’re talking about.”
O’Reilly said that trafficking drugs across state lines is why these criminals are charged federally. Beckel shot back that the federal government defines anything larger than five grams ass drug dealing, and got heated with O’Reilly over the difference between dealing and trafficking.
O’Reilly asked Beckel point-blank if dealing drugs like cocaine is a violent or non-violent crime. Beckel admitted it is, “to an extent,” but said that there a lot of people who have “no right to be in prison” for trying to keep up with habits they can’t break. O’Reilly shot back, “So you can kill my kid ’cause you’re addicted!” O’Reilly shouted at Beckel that the amount of drugs being distributed doesn’t matter, it’s still a horrible, violent crime that results in young people overdosing.
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