When Bill O’Reilly looks moderate, while conducting an interview, it’s clear that the interviewee has to in all likelihood be an extremist nut. Enter Stewart Rhodes, who is president and founder of Oath Keepers. If this guy is symbolic of the rank and file membership of this organization then that speaks volumes about what this group stands for in this troubling period of our nation’s history. Here is an excerpt from Crooks and Liars from the interview O’Reilly conducted with Stewart.
O’REILLY: OK, so full members in the Oath Keepers have to have a military or police background. Or firefighters. Now, I’m gonna read you something from your website. “We will not obey unconstitutional and thus illegal and immoral orders, such as orders to disarm the American people or place them under martial law.”
Well, who’s gonna try to disarm people and place them under martial law? I mean, why would that even be something you would be discussing?
RHODES: Well, it happened as recently as Katrina. You probably have seen the videos there of the old lady being tackled in her kitchen, and disarmed of her revolver, and there was house-to-house searches for firearms. And you had the police chief declaring that no one would be allowed to have weapons, or he’d take all the guns. And he did.
So they disarmed Americans over some bad weather, as though the bad weather suspended the Second Amendment. So, that’s the most recent example.
Stewart refers to Hurricane Katrina as simply “bad weather” during this interview, and goes on to whine about guns being taken away to help ensure safety. Bad weather is eight inches of snow for which you have to brush your car off and scrape away some ice. Bad weather is not (estimates of) more than 1,800 people dying and putting New Orleans and a good chunk of Louisiana under water. This man is out of touch and scary.
Although even O’Reilly recognized this guy was an extremist, I did think that Bill took it easy on him with a subdued approach to the segment that would have been far different had he interviewed a left-wing extremist. As just about anyone knows, O’Reilly would have torn into a left-wing nut without hesitation, but instead approached the interview as if he was on anti-depressant medication.