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Fox News Host: Pepper Spray Is 'A Food Product, Essentially' [Video]

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Fox News Host: Pepper Spray Is 'A Food Product, Essentially' [Video]


On Monday night’s “O’Reilly Factor,” Fox News hosts Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly attempted to defend UC Davis police, who were caught on video spraying non-violent student protesters in the face with pepper spray over the weekend.

“I don’t think we have the right to Monday-morning quarterback the police,” O’Reilly said, “especially at a place like UC Davis, which is a fairly liberal campus.” O’Reilly did not clarify whether or not he would have the right to question police brutality at a conservative campus.

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. handyman November 23, 2011

    u people r so bias. i now see why i usually don’t listen to fox. u r not a network 4 the people u only represent the GOP point of view. the cops had no right to spray the crowd. they have a right to assemble and that is what they done.

  2. GeorgeS November 23, 2011

    Hot pepper capsules are a great pain killer. You have to use them with very much caution.

  3. SteveHanken November 23, 2011

    Potatoes and tomatoes are essentially food, but the nightshade plant they are derived from is a deadly poison. Arsenic is often found disolved in water, but in concentrated form it becomes a deadly. I guess if a hammer is only used for a nail and not to beat someones head in, it is still a hammer whatever use you put it too, how ignorant is this?

  4. Tuannmai November 23, 2011

    If it’s essentially food, how about they try it on themselves first to confirm before stating it on Fox? Shamelessly ignorant people

  5. terango.lf November 23, 2011

    I wonder if Megan would feel the same way if the protestors had fired potato guns at the police, or throwm tomato’s and other produce. But I want to know if the pepper spray was made in the USA or made in China?? If the spray was domestic…I had a bumper crop of peppers.

  6. Totenkatz November 23, 2011

    Wow talk about one sided. Hey I’ve been peppered sprayed and tear gassed while in the military as part of my training and pepper spay isn’t that bad. And I never heard of military grade even in the military. Besides the students surrounded the police and refused to move when order too. You surround me, pepper spray would be your lease worry.

  7. englertjr November 23, 2011

    OMG! I’m starting to believe Neal Boortz is correct when he says “government” schools and the education they provide suck! Those public schools have yielded us a bunch of righties who think pizza is a vegetable, and pepper spray is a food product. Perhaps they all missed that day in 5th grade science when the Food Pyramid was discusssed. Wait, I forgot, righties don’t believe in science. My bad!

  8. jwozniak November 23, 2011

    If pepper spray is “just food” then the idiots savant over at FOX and Newt should voluntarily take prolonged blasts of the military grade full in the face, live on camera. If they can endure the abuse without curling into fetal balls, then it is “just food.” Double dog dare them. I live in a coal mining town and can withstand a lot, but not this.

  9. ljorgensen November 23, 2011

    Fox, Reilly, et al, comments simply displays the republican callous disregard for the rights and welfare of those who don’t subscribe to their brand of political stupidity. Not surprising at all, but certainly a disgusting display.

  10. Daniel Pedroso November 23, 2011

    The oil of the castor bean is used in chocolate making it a food product. It is also contains enough ricin to make it the most poisonous plant on the planet. When dealing with any chemical one must determine the concentration and the amount ingested to determine LD50 (Lethal Doses for 50% of the population exposed to the substance).

  11. terango.lf November 23, 2011

    Ordinarily I might condone pepper spray if confronted with agressive resistance, however the footage showed that the protestors were quite docile and did not impede the movement of officers. I too served six years in the military Mr. totenkatz, and yes pepper spray is very gental compared to most non leathal forms of force. But that looked like assult to me, their civillians, and do not live under UCMJ, they live under the constitution, it looked like they were indeed peacfully assembled.

  12. terango.lf November 23, 2011

    I saw quite a few students had cloth over their face, perhaps the law could have picked the prtestors by their feet and poured water over their faces, saturating the cloth until they started choking and have yielded better results (My nephew was a gaurd at GITMO).

  13. Soulman November 24, 2011

    Not only do they have a legitimate right to assemble peaceably, but their cause is just. UC is a public university system supported by the taxes we pay. Tuitions and fees were raised just last year a whopping 18% (I know because my kids are in the UC system). This is just another example of state’s trying to balance their budgets on the backs of education (I know because I’m a high school teacher in the LAUSD). We’re cutting bone here, people, not trimming fat. Time to increase taxes on those who can afford to pay more. As far as violence on campus – remember Kent State

  14. sparks November 24, 2011

    I would love to see Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly get a good blast of pepper spray in their faces, then see if they thought it was a food. As a cop, I had to be sprayed so I knew what it was like. I thought all cops did. Seems the cops in UC have forgotten the pain. Maybe they should be forced to experience it again!!


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