Conservative radio personality Geraldo Rivera has been a vocal supporter of outgoing President Donald Trump for most of his term as President.
Even as the President continued to push the lie that widespread voter fraud orchestrated by Democrats delivered a false victory to President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race, Rivera said he'd spoken to Trump and insisted that he would do the "right thing."
This did not come to pass.
On January 6—as a joint session of Congress began to certify Biden's victory—Trump addressed a crowd of his supporters at a "Save America" rally, which he'd spent weeks promoting on his social media accounts. He continued to push his election lies to the crowd and urged them to make their grievances known at the Capitol.
As history will remember, pro-Trump extremists seized the Capitol, defacing history and killing five people.
The House is expected to impeach Trump for a historic second time for inciting an insurrection, with at least five House Republicans announcing they'll vote in favor of it.
The attempted insurrection was where Rivera drew the line, denouncing Trump as a man lost to his own delusions.
A loyal friend, hounded without mercy by Democrats intent on destroying him from Day 1. Then he lost the election.… https://t.co/XcFCNSEqk4— Geraldo Rivera (@Geraldo Rivera) 1610501022.0
Rivera expressed support for Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), the third ranking House Republican, who announced she would vote to impeach and that the President was directly responsible for the riot.
He also implied that Democrats who "hounded" the President "without mercy" was partly responsible for Trump's derangement—a critique that was widely panned by the internet.
LOL Yes, Democrats "made him crazy." There is always someone else to blame for these big manly men and their bad be… https://t.co/bGYET7vSEy— Ashton Pittman (@Ashton Pittman) 1610508517.0
Working at @FoxNews means you can’t even call for Trump to be impeached without finding a way to blame the Democrat… https://t.co/aHAGfTYsEJ— Jason Kander (@Jason Kander) 1610515288.0
Even when saying Republicans did something wrong, conservatives will always cloak it in "Democrats made him/us do i… https://t.co/Rutvb0xZrD— Matt Ortega (@Matt Ortega) 1610515598.0
Geraldo blamed Democrats in this tweet for Trump actions and that makes no sense at all. https://t.co/fhiGCMzU9Y— Sailor Michael⚓✈ (@Sailor Michael⚓✈) 1610514164.0
Yeah, let's just blame Trump's asinine behavior on the Democrats. It's not like he can tell the difference between… https://t.co/2WFpKQqUKi— Laquita Christian (@Laquita Christian) 1610506569.0
Wait, so Geraldo comes out in favor of impeachment but still manages to say it's all the Democrats' fault. https://t.co/bpzj25KlNl— "Trump has been unpresidented" Masked Badger ಠ_ಠ (@"Trump has been unpresidented" Masked Badger ಠ_ಠ) 1610508507.0
Rivera issued more unequivocal condemnations of Trump and his ilk the day after the initial tweet.
1998 #BillClinton was impeached for lying about getting a blow job in Oval Office. No one drowned in tidal wave of… https://t.co/rAJwF8te14— Geraldo Rivera (@Geraldo Rivera) 1610544106.0
#DonaldTrump #DonaldTrumpJr #RudyGiuliani were complicit in unleashing snarling, seething, shouting mob that invade… https://t.co/V2nhIhwtA2— Geraldo Rivera (@Geraldo Rivera) 1610545119.0
#DonaldTrump should be Impeached. He should know history is judging him whether or not he is convicted and removed… https://t.co/ynaF0Wkrui— Geraldo Rivera (@Geraldo Rivera) 1610546960.0
But like members of the Trump administration who resigned in wake of the riots, Rivera's mea culpa was seen as too little, too late.
His Eureka moment was far too late, but at least he's woken up and can now see the monster that is Donald Trump. https://t.co/fxBJ5otJUA— Utah Murmurs (@Utah Murmurs) 1610553439.0
He's a racist, sexist thug @GeraldoRivera and YOU carried his water https://t.co/gD0yl8GGzZ— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) 1610552784.0
Imagine a majority of American voters in 2016 saw how dysfunctional Trump was. How they could clearly see he was un… https://t.co/1OVcmnKOd6— Carole Radziwill (@Carole Radziwill) 1610552543.0
In addition to a growing number of House Republicans favoring impeachment, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is quietly supporting impeachment in the Senate, though it's unclear whether he'd work with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to reconvene the Senate for a trial before January 19th.