O'Reilly wanted to 'slap' Clyburn for gun comments

Bill O'Reilly on Thursday said he wanted to "slap" Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) for talking about gun control instead of terrorism in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub attack.

"It just angers me. There's two separate issues: There's the terrorism, and there's the gun control. But what was it, Congressman Clyburn, is that his name?" the Fox News host said on "Fox and Friends," according to Politico.

"It's not about terrorism; it's about gun control," O'Reilly said, imitating Clyburn 's comments. "I just want to slap him," O'Reilly said, "with all due respect."

O'Reilly asked what it would take for people to start talking about the terrorism threat.

"Do the ISIS people have to come to your backyard? Do they have to put you in the cage? Because they will," O'Reilly said, referring to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

"When you start to tell Americans lies, that there isn't a terror threat, that it's all about gun control, only if we banned all guns we'd be safe from ISIS. When you start to lie at that level, and it's acceptable lies, then we're in trouble as a country."

O'Reilly noted that Congress has the option to decide if there are certain weapons that can't be sold to the public.

"That's our country," he said. "You can't buy a mortar, you can't have hand grenades, so if there are giant rifles with big clips that Congress believes is a danger, then that's what we accept. Let's debate it and vote on it."

The Congressional Black Caucus demanded an apology on behalf of Clyburn. 

"The Congressional Black Caucus is outraged Bill O'Reilly would make such a disparaging statement on national television regarding an esteemed member of the CBC.  His statement is insulting, provocative and unbecoming of a professional commentator.  Mr. O'Reilly should disavow his comments and issue an apology to Congressman Clyburn immediately," Chairman G. K. Butterfield said in a statement Thursday. 

— Updated 6:17 p.m.