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O’Reilly, Russell Simmons Clash on Black Crime: ‘You Are So Desperately Wrong’

Bill O’Reilly tonight confronted hip hop mogul Russell Simmons over comments he made about Michael Brown and Eric Garner. He corrected Simmons on a stat he threw out about grand juries before confronting him on an issue O’Reilly believes Simmons has been ignoring.

“You are not acknowledging,” O’Reilly said, “astronomical crime rate among black men.” Simmons invoked the War on Drugs to argue it as one of the biggest problems within the black community, since plenty of African-Americans have their lives ruined for non-violent first-time offenses.

O’Reilly said drugs have “devastated poor black neighborhoods” and accused Simmons of not visiting those communities. Simmons pushed back, but O’Reilly rather insistently told him, “You have not been there condemning the black drug gangs for gunning down 13- and 14-year-old kids.”

They kept going about crime and drugs before O’Reilly said, “You are so desperately wrong it pains me to talk to you.” Simmons shot back, “I feel the same way about you.”

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

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