Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly appeared on Fox & Friends on Tuesday where he came out in favor of the principle behind New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s ban on large soft drinks. However, O’Reilly denounced Bloomberg’s measures to decriminalize marijuana possession as an effort to eliminate the “racial profiling” that keeps crime down. O’Reilly said that this will end New York City’s “stop and frisk” policy that targets minority youth and often imprisons offenders for marijuana possession which prevents them from committing more significant crimes later.
Co-host Gretchen Carlson asked O’Reilly to weigh in on Bloomberg’s ban on large sodas and decriminalization of marijuana consumption measures. O’Reilly surprised the panel by coming out in favor of the principle behind the soda ban.
“What Bloomberg’s trying – the message is – it’s okay to enjoy yourself and have comfort food, but if you over do it, everyone is going to have to pay for that,” said O’Reilly. “It’s like smoking; everyone is going to have to pay.”
“But where does it stop,” asked Carlson.
“It’s not going to pass,” said O’Reilly.
“It is,” Carlson retorted. “Because the city council and the Department of Health can just say ‘yep’ we don’t care what the public thinks.”
“Buy two 8 ounce sodas if you want to have a 16 ounce soda,” said O’Reilly. “They’re always a way around it.”
“The bigger story is about Marijuana – and this is about racism. This is a racial story, not a drug story,” said O’Reilly. He went on to say that New York City’s “stop and frisk” that allows police to stop individuals according to police discretion policy has brought crime “way down.”
O’Reilly said that most of the “stop and frisk” targets are arrested for marijuana possession – but arresting them for that prevents them from committing worse offenses later on.
“The left hates that, because it is racial profiling,” said O’Reilly. “But it’s really criminal profiling.” Although, he said he understands when people get angry who are frisked but have no drugs on them.
Watch the segment below via Fox News Channel:
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