Who is Geraldo Rivera? Fox News pundit slams Charlie Kirk for claiming election result still has 'legal challenges'
The Electoral College formally selected Joe Biden as the next president on Monday, December 14, giving him an electoral majority of 306 votes and confirming his victory in last month’s election, according to AP. As per the AP report, the results will be sent to Washington and tallied in a January 6 joint session of Congress over which vice president Mike Pence will preside.
Hours after this, Biden in a speech on Monday, December 14, night in Delaware said, “In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed," Biden said. "We the people voted. Faith in our institutions held. The integrity of our elections remains intact. And so, now it is time to turn the page. To unite. To heal.” As CNN reported, he also said, “This legal maneuver was an effort by elected officials and one group of states to try to get the Supreme Court to wipe out the votes of more than 20 million Americans in other states and to hand the presidency to a candidate who lost the Electoral College, lost the popular vote and lost each and every one of the states whose votes they were trying to reverse. It's a position so extreme, we've never seen it before.”
Naturally, most News channels were discussing the Electoral College decision and Biden’s speech. As reported by Daily Beast, Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera and Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA disagreed and sparred during a segment on Fox News. Rivera said that the president should “understand it is over.” He also said, “The longer we drag this out, the more we damage the fabric of our democracy. It also damages the legacy of President Trump, who should be taking a victory lap right now celebrating the vaccine that he almost single-handedly forced the scientific community to get ready to save millions of lives.”
Kirk, on the other hand, said Trump supporters still have “very good questions” about the election results. “Some of these by the way are still being played out there—there are still plenty of pending legal challenges,” Kirk said. And, Rivera hit back: “That is so dishonest.” He continued, “Six weeks. We have litigated this for six weeks. Twice the Supreme Court of the United States rejected it.” He told Kirk, “You have to stop this.”
Who is Geraldo Rivera?
In September, he celebrated 50 years of his broadcasting career. According to People magazine, he left law to pursue the reporting— a decision his parents were initially "horrified" by. Rivera did his first story for Eyewitness News in 1970. The report states, Rivera has done countless stories, including his Willowbrook State School exposé, hosted his own self-titled talk show, written books, worked as a war correspondent, has been featured on the cover of ‘Playgirl’ magazine, was on ‘Dancing with the Stars’, and interviewed Trump more than 30 times.
In fact, as reported by MEAWW, on Friday, November 13, Rivera revealed that he had spoken to Trump in a "heartfelt call". He wrote on Twitter, “Just had heartfelt phone call w friend @realDonaldTrump who said he's a ‘realist’ who'll do the ‘right thing'. But he wants to see ‘what states do in terms of certifiction (sic) (etc)’ He sounded committed to fighting for every vote & if he loses, talking more about all he's accomplished.” He also suggested that the new coronavirus vaccine should be named after the outgoing president. Rivera's suggestion came as Pfizer applied for an emergency approval from the FDA for its novel coronavirus vaccine on Friday, November 20. He had said, “With the world so divided and everybody telling him he’s got to give up and it’s time to leave and time to transition and all the rest of it, why not name the vaccine ‘The Trump?'. Make it like, ‘Have you gotten your Trump yet?' It would be a nice gesture to him, and, years from now, it would become just a kind of generic name."
However, as reported by The Hill, during an episode of ‘The Five’ on Fox News, he stated, while discussing the coronavirus vaccine summit, said, “I don’t mean to be petty or partisan. I just want you to know that as his friend — even if he may not be speaking to me right now because of my position on the election being over.” He added, “But I think, I insist that we have to recognize the role he played, the 45th president, in defeating a pandemic that has been so devastating to America and the world."
Soon after the interaction between Kirk and Rivera, Twitterati also started discussing the incident. One user said, “It's never a good sign when Geraldo and Kellyanne Conway accept reality before the president.” Another alleged, “4 years Geraldo Rivera has defended and supported trump’s crimes, atrocities and destruction of democracy, he doesn’t get praise from me for telling a lunatic to face reality.” One concurred, “So what I’m supposed to give @GeraldoRivera an attaboy for finally doing the right thing? Let’s not forget the abhorrent detriment he and other “journalists” from outlets like Fox inflicted upon our democracy these past few years.” A user commented, “Geraldo is right..all this needs to stop.”
It's never a good sign when Geraldo and Kellyanne Conway accept reality before the president. #ElectoralCollege— Sarcastic George Reeves (@UWBio) December 15, 2020
4 years Geraldo Rivera has defended and supported trump’s crimes, atrocities and destruction of democracy, he doesn’t get praise from me for telling a lunatic to face reality. https://t.co/JwUndSrasf— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) December 15, 2020
So what I’m supposed to give @GeraldoRivera an attaboy for finally doing the right thing? Let’s not forget the abhorrent detriment he and other “journalists” from outlets like Fox inflicted upon our democracy these past few years. https://t.co/kvN20TPNAN— Obviously A Liberal 🌊🌊✌🏼❤️🌈 (@Anamayshun) December 15, 2020
Geraldo is right..all this needs to stop https://t.co/294TcRKySU— Doris Bivings♏🦂🎁🌲🎅💙💙❤❤ (@BivingsDoris) December 15, 2020
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