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O’Reilly Tears Into ‘Loons’ for Exploiting UCSB Shooting

Bill O’Reilly opened his show tonight tearing into people “exploiting the brutal murders in Santa Barbara” this week, scolding anyone who would make a political point “on the backs of innocent people killed in a rampage.” And there were two targets in particular of O’Reilly’s wrath: a Rutgers professor who brought white privilege into the discussion, and a Southern Poverty Law Center spokesman who invoked the War on Women to talk about what could have motivated the shooter.

Rutgers Professor Brittney Cooper wrote a piece for Salon in which she argued, “How many times must troubled young white men engage in these terroristic acts that make public space unsafe for everyone before we admit that white male privilege kills?” She argued that the shooter’s rage was fueled by a sense of entitlement to a life he thought he deserved. O’Reilly reacted by calling Cooper a “far-left loon” trying to gin up racial outcry, and shaming her for “exploiting” the shooting.

O’Reilly then set his sights on Mark Potok, who said earlier this week that “extreme misogyny” on the web is to blame. O’Reilly thought it’s ridiculous to blame any website for the actions of a deranged individual is ridiculous. He placed the blame on mentally ill people doing these things for, among other things, families falling apart, increased use of technology, and a culture that “celebrates violence.”

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

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