“Something awful happened to me last night,” Eric Bolling said on his Blaze TV show. He continued, “Last night I was sitting with some friends at the Trump hotel in DC. Among several others, Hayden Williams from Berkeley was at our table. I was chatting with Hayden…him telling the story about being walloped on campus by a thug just because he was wearing a MAGA hat. I barely noticed what was about to happen.
“A guy who appeared to be talking on a cell phone walked by our table and turned toward us and said ‘Eric Bolling’s son killed himself because he was embarrassed by his dad.'”
Before describing what happened next, a little backstory. Bolling was a Fox News host until late 2017 when the Huffington Post published a story accusing him of sexual harassment. Bolling denied the allegations and sued the author of the story, but about a month later, he parted ways with Fox News. That was September 8, 2017. Later that evening, Bolling learned that his teenaged son, Eric Chase Bolling had died from an accidental overdose after taking a Xanax tablet laced with Fentanyl. He and his wife were both devastated by the news. Since then, Bolling has spoken repeatedly about the opioid crisis and been involved with public events trying to raise awareness about the danger it represents.
So after this passing person made his ugly comment, Bolling got up and followed him outside. He admits he was belligerent and angry. He yelled at the man and filmed the interaction. The man who’d made the comment just kept walking but soon Bolling was approached by a second man who was filming with his cell phone. In the video below you can tell Bolling is obviously distraught and keeps saying “My son is dead.” The 2nd man just kept filming with a smile on his face, like it was all a big joke.
If Bolling knows who the two men were, he doesn’t say but he’s certain the attack was prompted by politics. At the end of this segment, Bolling concludes, “It’s an evil world out there. I’ve been exposed to way too many hateful comments on social media and in the media, but last night I came face to face with true evil, over politics folks. Have we all lost our collective minds?”
“We’re all human beings here and some things are just off limits,” he added.
He’s absolutely right. There aren’t many hard and fast rules in politics that both sides observe but one of the few that does is this: Don’t bring the kids into it. And if that’s true in general it should be true 100 times over when you’re talking about a deceased child. No one should ever go there.
In the clip below Bolling has blurred the faces of the two men to avoid making them targets. That’s probably a good idea given how people are likely to feel about this but I hope these two do face some consequences in their personal lives. They should be deeply ashamed of themselves. Below that clip is a Fox News segment from 2017 about the death of Bolling’s son.