After President Donald Trump made posts on Twitter telling Congresswomen of color to “go back where they came from,” many people—including the women he targeted—responded with outrage over the White nationalist rhetoric in the President’s tweets. But Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera took a different tactic by telling Trump he was better than his racist and xenophobic tweets.
“Sad to watch my friend [Donald Trump] take low road regarding [Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Bronx, [Rashida Tlaib] of Detroit, [Ayanna Pressley] of Boston & [Ilhan Omar] of Somalia & Minneapolis. Let’s stick to issues & steer clear of language that’s xenophobic even racist. POTUS you’re better than that.”
Sad to watch my friend @realDonaldTrump take low road regarding @AOC of the Bronx, @RashidaTlaib of Detroit @AyannaPressley of Boston & @Ilhan of Somalia & Minneapolis. Let’s stick to issues & steer clear of language that’s xenophobic even racist. @POTUS you’re better than that.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) July 14, 2019
But Rivera is finding few people who agree with his assessment.
Google “Central Park Five”
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) July 14, 2019
“You’re better than that,” he says of the guy who called for the Central Park 5 to be executed even after being exonerated by DNA evidence, who started the birtherism campaign against the first black president, who began his campaign calling for banning Muslims & Mexicans, who
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) July 14, 2019
Have you met the man? Of course he’s not better than this. This is him. Every single day.
— Howard (@HowardA_Esq) July 14, 2019
You would have to have your head so far up your backside as to be functionally blind to not see #TrumpIsARacist. Geraldo doesn’t want to accept that he’s sold his soul to #RacistTrump, which makes him no better.
— Khashoggi’s Ghost (@UROCKlive1) July 15, 2019
A lot of Tio Tomas are blinded by fame and money.
— Vote Dem for the Planet (@Brasilmagic) July 15, 2019
People stated the President did the exact opposite of taking the high road at all times with many asking Rivera questions as well.
He always takes the lowest of the low road. Always.
That you’re his friend says quite a bit about you, none of it good.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) July 14, 2019
If you have a friend that always takes the low road, it means that’s where the two of you met.
— Cupcake of the Olivia Kind (@MsOliviaCupcake) July 15, 2019
He’s not better than anything.
He’a a racist piece of garbage, and you’ve enabled him by working for @FoxNews.
You have lousy friends.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) July 14, 2019
Geraldo is used to hyping empty vaults.
— Greytdog (@Greytdog) July 14, 2019
why do you have racist friends
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) July 14, 2019
FUN FACT: Inside Geraldo’s head where most people have brains there is, in fact, another mustache. https://t.co/yG6TVitw2R
— Charles Evans (@banditref) July 14, 2019
If Geraldo is urging you to take the high road you are doing something very wrong https://t.co/xb71oJyvYm
— Mark Follman (@markfollman) July 14, 2019
He’ll go right back to being a toady in 3…2…1…
— Molly (@flmolly) July 14, 2019
Many stated without qualifiers that the President is racist.
Geraldo Rivera : “Trump you are better than this”
— Oskaer (@Osman__13) July 14, 2019
When Geraldo says Trump is “better than this” he doesn’t mean Trump has a nonracist side he just means Trump isn’t using the media approved coded racist language they all use for plausible deniability at dinner parties.
— Jess 🍞🌹 (@MercurialMiss) July 14, 2019
— Jay Whit (@fullmoonfevered) July 14, 2019
Trump: I’m a racist
Geraldo: You’re better than that
Trump: No I’m not
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) July 14, 2019
But Trump is not “better than that,” Geraldo. This is who he’s always been. Did you sleep through Birtherism and what he said about Judge Curiel? https://t.co/BuTQBJkyT9
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) July 14, 2019
@GeraldoRivera has a better chance of finally finding Al Capone’s secret vault than we do finding Trump’s better side….
— Geoffrey Morrison (@Pelon) July 14, 2019
Sad you believe he’s better than this. He is this. He’s a racist. His father is a racist. His children are racists. Grow up.
— John Weaver (@jwgop) July 14, 2019
While others asked why the GOP was silent and only Rivera was speaking out for conservative circles.
Hey folks – we’ve hit the 12 hour mark and have yet to hear from a single @GOP leader, member of Congress, dignitary, or janitor.
We’ll always have Geraldo.
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) July 15, 2019
What’s even more sad is that it’s Geraldo Rivera who has to call out Trump for his disgusting racism. What about all of the other holier-than-thou GOP’ers who are so quick to condemn when they perceive conservatives are under attack?!
— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) July 14, 2019
President Trump responded to all the criticism by demanding an apology from the women he targeted with his controversial comments.
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