Megyn Kelly Says McKinney Pool Party Girl “Was No Saint Either”

Fox News hosts and guests are falling all over themselves to see who can say the actual worst thing about the brutal McKinney pool party raid.

I’m not sure what my “favorite” is so far–although at the top of the list is certainly Sean Hannity, who suggested that the officer was justified in pulling his gun out because someone could have “hit them with a shank in the back.” You know, because who doesn’t bring a shank to a pool party? I know I always keep one packed with my pool noodle and water wings.

My second favorite is former NYPD police detective Bo Dietl, who speculated that the officer may have acted as he did because someone could have said they were going to “pop a cap in his ass.” Which is about as reasonable as me speculating that the teens attacked in the raid were singing “I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General” at the time as well. Let’s just all make stuff up that could have happened, right? Why not! Anything could have happened…other than what we actually saw on the video of the incident.

Then, of course, there is Megyn Kelly. In a discussion of the incident on The Kelly File, she actually said “the girl was no saint either. He had told her to leave, and she continued to linger. And when the cop tells you to leave, get out.”

In a way, this was worse, because Kelly, unlike other Fox News personalities, was actually aware that what the police officer was doing to that girl was horrifying and terrible. She even said afterwards, “I’m not defending his actions, let me make that clear.”

Now, I doubt that Megyn Kelly has ever been in a situation where one is being bombarded like that by police officers. Let me tell you, when that happens you’re just terrified and you don’t know what the fuck you’re doing or where you’re supposed to go. The officer wasn’t even clear about where he wanted people to go to begin with, and other people were walking off that way as well.

In any case, a 14 year-old girl who is scared out of her mind has less obligation to be a saint than the cop who is dragging her by her hair and sitting on her. That is a massive overreaction to anything she could have done, other than pulling a gun out of her bikini.

[Media Matters]