Radio host Laura Ingraham paid a visit to Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, where she was asked to weigh in on The New Black Panthers’ $10,000 bounty for the “capture” of George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old volunteer neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.
“They want him ‘dead or alive’,” noted host Gretchen Carlson.
“There could be potential civil rights claims involved here,” said Ingraham, “and there is a fine line — and it’s kind of a blurry line — between free speech and incitement of violence. And, look, we’ve just come off this period where the left goes on the attack against Rush Limbaugh for making a comment about a woman that he apologizes for. They want to drive him off air, go after his advertisers. And meanwhile, you have these people who show up at these rallies who are basically calling for unlawful attacks or killings or capture of an individual who has not yet been charged with anything and there is a collective yawn from the left. Imagine if a white radical group asked for a bounty on the head of a black man who hadn’t been accused of a crime. What do you think Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be saying then?”
Rev. Jackson recently advocated for a measured, non-violent response to the Martin case, telling a Fox affiliate in Orlando that people “would do well to remain disciplined, focused and non-violent. Any diversion from that takes attention away from Zimmerman and Trayvon and the family. I hope we remain in the face of all these provocations, focused and non-violent. We need to keep the focus on Trayvon, and who killed him and how that killing will be processed.”
“Why does the left remain utterly silent,” Ingraham continued, “when a man has not been accused of anything, yet, and not been charged with anything basically has his own life put in jeopardy by a radical organization that feels free to show up at these rallies and also menace people at the polls?”
“Eric Holder is not going to investigate the Black Panthers,” she concluded.
Also worth noting: Contrary to the segment, the group that has put a bounty on Zimmerman is called the “New Black Panther Party,” a group distinct from (and denounced by) the Black Panthers. The New Black Panther Party has been labeled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.
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