Geraldo Rivera Defends Trump Against Questions of Mental Fitness: ‘Slander, Low-Down and Dirty’


Geraldo Rivera appeared on Fox & Friends Friday morning to vigorously — and I mean, vigorously — defend President Donald Trump against questions about his mental fitness for office.

In light of Michael Wolff’s bombshell new book — in which a number of White House staffers reportedly question Trump’s mental capacity – Rivera was asked on Fox about whether the president is deteriorating.

“That infuriates me!” mental health expert Rivera exclaimed. “It is a slander, low-down and dirty. It is absolutely false.”

“This man is as lucid, and as intelligent, and as in intellectually in charge of himself as he has ever been,” Rivera continued, before co-host Brian Kilmeade asked: “Does he read?”

It has been widely reported that Trump does not read, and that his briefings have to be reduced to single pages jam packed with visual stimuli like charts and graphics.

The notion that Trump doesn’t read featured significantly in Wolff’s book: “Trump didn’t read. He didn’t really even skim…He could read headlines and articles about himself, or at least headlines on articles about himself, and the gossip squibs on the New York Post’s Page Six.”

“I don’t sit in a lending library when I’m with the president of the United States,” Rivera replied to Kilmeade. “I think that his problem is that he’s aware, acutely, of too many things.”

Rivera concluded that Trump’s “ability to cheerlead” has “jumpstarted the economy in a way that is so impressive that everyone is cheering.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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