The notion isn't shocking: war opponents have said similar things for years, evident in the photo taken near Parliament in London, 2004. (For full-size, click photo).
Whatever you think of the word "killers," 100,000+ people were killed in the Iraq War. And the Bush Administration lacked justification when invading: hence, the falsehood-filled marketing campaign. Even Colin Powell eventually admitted that his U.N. speech pushing for war was a "blot" on his record.
What's shocking about Pres. Trump's killer-comment is that he said it on Fox, a network that helped market the Iraq War based on deception and jingoism. Fox also whipped its viewers into a frenzy of hatred for fellow Americans who dared to question the war.
Anyway, the Trump-O'Reilly video is below (9 min), but here are some relevant excerpts:
O: Do you respect Putin?
T: I do respect him.
O: Why?. . . He's a killer, though. Putin’s a killer.
T: . . . We got a lot of killers. What, you think our county's so innocent? . . .
O: I don't know of any government leaders that are killers.
T: Welll, take a look at what we've done, too. We've made a lot of mistakes. I've been against the war in Iraq from the beginning.
O: But mistakes are different . . . .
T: A lot of mistakes, okay. But a lot of people were killed. So, a lot of killers around. . . .
Bill O'Reilly switched topics instead of arguing further with the President.
When saying "a lot of killers around," maybe Pres. Trump was referring to members of Congress who voted for the war. Of course, many members feared being labeled unpatriotic traitors if they didn't support the war because media outlets--like Fox--stirred that cauldron or sat idly by while it was stirred.
If your recollection of Fox's (and other media's) roles in selling the war needs refreshing, check out #Bill Moyers ' 2007 video.
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