Megyn Kelly recently told Bill O’Reilly that the UC-Davis protestors really were doused with a “food product,” which led to people being enraged at the Fox News anchor for comparing pepper spray to something you might enjoy on Thanksgiving.
Kelly said the campus police officers were within their rights to use force (and pepper spray) on the nonviolent protesters.
The pretty news anchor explained to O’Reilly that pepper spray “is a derivative of actual pepper. It’s a food product essentially.”
“Listen, I know the tape looks bad. All I’m saying is that from a legal standpoint, I don’t know that the cops did anything wrong, we’re gonna have to learn about the facts. But the cops are allowed to use reasonable force to affect compliance with an arrest. It does look like these students were failing to disperse and were in some cases unlawfully assembling.”
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Kelly has since explained her “O’Reilly” comments to TVNewser: “[O'Reilly] wanted me to tell him what is in pepper spray, so I told him what the active ingredient is. That’s all I meant to convey… not that I meant it’s a snack! … I think what happened was people didn’t watch the whole segment and assumed I was diminishing it. In no way did I mean to diminish what was happening.”