Elisabeth Hasselbeck Asks: Could Sandra Bland Have Attacked Cop With Her Cigarette?!
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, former “Survivor” castaway, idiot sidekick on “The View,” and current “Fox & Friends” host, is not exactly known for her brains. What she is definitely known for is scraping the bottom of the barrel for any and all possible, not necessarily plausible, excuses for why cops unlawfully arrest and/or kill unarmed people of color. So naturally, it does not matter to Lizzie that Waller County, Texas, authorities have already admitted that State Trooper Brian Encinia broke protocol during Sandra Bland’s traffic stop and should never have arrested her — she’s still got his back!
This morning on “Fox & Friends,” Hasselbeck wondered — aloud, on television, where people could hear her — if Officer Encinia was right to drag Bland out of her car after she questioned his request to put out her cigarette, because couldn’t she have used that cigarette as a weapon?! Hasselbeck asked former NYPD officer John Rafferty, her guest, the following:
“There are times, I’m sure, someone has, in the history of this land, used a cigarette against a police officer, maybe chucked it at him, pushed it at him. If he indeed felt it could be a potential threat, was that the wise thing to do?”
Well, Elisabeth, if police officers are given the authority to do whatever they want based on things that have been used as weapons “in the history of this land,” then I hope you’re prepared to get out of your vehicle for no other reason than the high heels you’re wearing, or the tub of water balloons you’re toting to a kid’s birthday party, or the delicious bananas you picked up at the local farmer’s market. All of these things have been used to attack police officers “in the history of this land.” So has the family dog, but are you really prepared to exit your vehicle because Fido is in the back seat? Are you going to excuse an officer for even killing that dog because dogs have attacked police officers “in the history of this land.”
Luckily, Rafferty, while acknowledging Hasselbeck’s scenario as an unlikely possibility, mostly condemned Encinia’s treatment of Bland, which was not in response to any threat she posed, but simply a way for him to further harass a Black woman he literally chased down. Sorry, Elisabeth! You’re all alone on this one.