With “friends” like Geraldo Rivera, who needs enemies? Not that President Donald Trump doesn’t have his share of enemies and then some — after all, when a person dares to take on the political class, they are aligning against an army of saboteurs.
Count Rivera among those who claim Trump incited violence last week at the U.S. Capitol, as the Fox News contributor has softened on impeachment.
Appearing Tuesday on The Daily Briefing, Rivera said that impeachment may be “more justified” now.
The Democrats’ apparent smoking gun is a quote from Trump included in the single article of impeachment they plan to file Wednesday, from the rally before the Capitol was stormed: “If you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
“I think the Democrats would sound a lot more righteous and reasonable if they had reacted to the riots and the insurrections of the past summer with more verve and more honesty and more energy,” Rivera said. “Instead, they turned a blind eye.”
“I agree that the president incited what happened. I really am very affected by what he did. Even his statement that people are angry sounded to me, more threatening than it did calming,” he continued. “If only the Democrats had played it straight for three and a half years, maybe they would have a case that people would listen to. But because they pursued this president, they hounded him — it was a witch hunt from the very beginning — they impeached him on that phony Ukraine deal. Now when you have a case where an impeachment would seem more logical and more justified by the facts, you have Democrats coming in with dirty hands.”
Rivera added that he was “very disappointed in the president,” but admitted Trump has been “hounded by a very imperfect pack here.”
Taking to Twitter Tuesday night, Rivera repeated the theme that the president was “hounded without mercy” and suggested Trump’s reelection loss “made him crazy or revealed a dysfunction I had refused to see.”
“He then unleashed a mob to make war on their own government,” he concluded.
A loyal friend, hounded without mercy by Democrats intent on destroying him from Day 1. Then he lost the election. It made him crazy or revealed a dysfunction I had refused to see.
He then unleashed a mob to make war on their own government. 5 to their doom. @LizCheney is right
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) January 13, 2021
With Trump now having just six days remaining in his term, Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz panned the effort to impeach him.
“I don’t understand where the Democrats are coming from,” he said. “I think it is just retribution. I think they have a lot of hatred towards Donald Trump. It is going to do nothing to unify the country. I think it’s a punitive measure that the Democrats want to put forward.”
Chaffetz added that he did not see an impeachable offense, prompting Rivera to push back.
“If it weren’t for the president’s incendiary rhetoric there would not have been the trashing of the Capitol, our sacred shrine of democracy,” Rivera charged. “He bears responsibility for that.”
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