Conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly wants the San Francisco official who criticized Fox News and defended city policy arrested for being a “disgrace,” according to comments he made on his eponymous show.
The O’Reilly Factor host lashed out at San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen Wednesday night while going over his talking points.
“If I were the attorney general of the United States, I would place her immediately under arrest,” O’Reilly said, adding that the arrest might not stick. "That woman is a disgrace."
Cohen ruffled the commentator’s feathers when she went on record defending San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policy, which shields undocumented immigrants living in the city from deportation.
The policy has been a controversial issue and the focus of O’Reilly’s ire since the shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, who was gunned down by an undocumented immigrant from Mexico on Pier 14.
On Tuesday, the city’s board of supervisors unanimously voted to reaffirm the policy, agreeing that it allows San Francisco to be a refuge.
“We cannot allow one event to dictate 25 years of our city’s policies towards undocumented immigrants in our city,” said Cohen, who also acknowledged that the death was a tragedy. “And more importantly, we cannot allow hateful conservative news stations to drive how we respond to incidents in our city.”
She continued: “I’m not afraid of Fox News and they don’t influence how I make my policy decisions here in San Francisco.”
On Wednesday's show, O’Reilly also called for "responsible" leadership and said San Francisco was “hopeless” before switching topics.