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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Tells Bill O'Reilly Sheriff Clarence Dupnik 'Creating A More Dangerous Country' (VIDEO)

01/12/2011 08:30 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"The View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck appeared on Tuesday's "O'Reilly Factor" to discuss the Arizona shooting and her role as the only conservative on the ABC talk show.

O'Reilly and Hasselbeck agreed that Clarence Dupnik--the local sheriff investigating the shooting who has gained attention by criticizing the right-wing media for, in his view, creating a politically toxic climate--is mistaken and even, as Hasselbeck put it, dangerous. Talking about whether a certain political or cultural atmosphere influenced violence she said, was a way for people who carried out violence to justify their actions.

The sheriff, she said, was "creating a more dangerous country and situation for us by providing this justification that someone in the future could use, that 'the right devil made me do it.'" She said it was "sad and unfortunate" that a law enforcement official would discuss such matters.

O'Reilly also tried to bait Hasselbeck, asking if she ever feels ganged up on when she is tussling with the "far left" Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar on "The View." Hasselbeck insisted that she never feels that way. "I have three kids under the age of five-and-a-half," she said. "I'm used to debating them before I get into work."

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