Geraldo Rivera Tells Hannity He’s ‘Gaslighting’ on January 6 in Tense Segment
Tuesday’s installment of Hannity took a turn for the contentious after Geraldo Rivera accused the host of “gaslighting” about the January 6th Capitol insurrection.
Sean Hannity kicked off the segment by asking Rivera four consecutive questions about the security situation at the Capitol that day. Rather than address the questions, Rivera let it be known he had a bone to pick with the host.
“I think you’ve been, with all due respect and I love you, gaslighting, changing the subject,” said Rivera. “The subject is January 6th and what happened to the United States Capitol and why it happened. Those two things. The fact that the Capitol was targeted and that the prime instigator – the one who unleashed the mob – was the President of the United States. For god sakes, Sean…”
Hannity interrupted him. “Geraldo, you just made an accusation against me,” he said. “We’re friends a long time.”
The Fox News host quoted Trump telling his supporters at a rally in Washington, D.C. on January 6, to “peacefully and patriotically” make their voices heard at the Capitol.
Trump’s advice to the crowd came during an unhinged speech loaded with falsehoods about the 2020 election being stolen from him. He said the country was “under siege,” and told the crowd, “You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”
Hannity suggested Democrats have a double standard on riots because while the largely Democratic-dominated House select committee is investigating the Capitol riot, and not others that have occurred. He called the January 6 riot “wrong,” and asked why Democrats were “silent about” other riots and why there isn’t a commission on them.
“A riot is a riot, Geraldo,” he said.
Rivera said he condemned the riots and looting that occurred last year during a period of racial unrest.
“Where is the commission?” asked Hannity
Rivera then quoted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, both of whom blamed Trump for inciting the violence on January 6. McCarthy has since backed away from that claim.
Dan Bongino said Trump telling the January 6 crowd to “peacefully and patriotically” make their voices heard at the Capitol is exculpatory.
“I have been like Sean and everyone else,” he said. “Let me say again for the record. Any violence against law enforcement I absolutely and unequivocal terms condemn, everybody got that? Crystal clear. I was a cop, no excuses. But you know what I find odd, Geraldo? The Democrats don’t seem remotely interested in the insurrection that happened at the White House during the BLM riots when my Secret Service friends were texting me saying, ‘You have no idea how bad it’s getting here.'”
Rivera returned to McCarthy and McConnell blaming Trump. “These are two leading Republicans that chickened out,” he said. “Because the Republican party wrapped itself around President Trump.”
No minds were changed during the shooting of this segment.
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