Geraldo Rivera unloaded on his Fox News colleagues in a fiery segment discussing the migrant caravan.
In the opening moments of Monday’s “The Five,” Rivera wasted no time establishing his position and his condemnation of the coverage of the chaos in San Ysidro, California as hundreds of migrants stormed the U.S. border trying to enter illegally.
Co-host Jesse Watters began by asking Rivera about the “tear gas situation,” referring to Border Patrol agents shooting several rounds of tear gas to disperse the rushing crowd which included many who were throwing rocks at officials dutifully defending the U.S. border.
“So, Geraldo, on the tear gas situation, everyone is showing in the mainstream media this one image of a mom and a young girl fleeing,” Watters said.
“What they are not showing is that they are surrounded by almost all men who had been, you know, violently attacking and throwing things and taunting the border patrol. Do you think that’s honest what the media is doing or dishonest?” he asked.
“I refuse to deal with this as a media issue,” Rivera replied. “Because it’s far too important, with all due respect Jesse.”
Rivera then unleashed an emotional outburst, commenting on his role as the “designated piñata” on the network.
“This is something that goes to the very quick, this goes to my soul. Fulfilling my role as the designated piñata on Fox News, I want to say I am ashamed. This tear gas choked me,” he said.
“We treat these people — these economic refugees — as if they’re zombies from ‘The Walking Dead.’ We arrested 42 people, eight of them were women with children!” he exclaimed.
“We have to deal with this problem humanely and with compassion. These are not invaders. Stop using these military analogies. This is absolutely painful to watch!” Rivera continued.
“We are a nation of immigrants. These are desperate people. They walked 2,000 miles. Why?! Because they want to rape your daughter or steal your lunch?! No. Because they want a job! They want to fill the millions of unfilled jobs we have in the agricultural sector. They want to wash dishes in the restaurants. They want to deliver the pizzas,” Rivera ranted.
“For goodness sake! Can’t we suspend our humanity when it comes to this issue? And I fear that it is because they look different than the mainstream,” he declared.
Greg Gutfeld interjected to denounce the manipulation of innocent people by activists with an agenda.
“I understand what Geraldo is saying but you cannot demean people for looking at this and saying this is a violation of a process. I look at this and see a bunch of good people being manipulated by a political group, an activist group,” he said. “The activists tried to create this conflict as a way to inflame society. This is what they are doing.”
Gutfeld read a portion of a newspaper story reporting that U.S. Border patrol agents used pepper spray to deal with rock and bottle-throwing people trying to rush the border. The report was from 2013.
“This was November 25th, 2013. 2013. Five years ago when President Obama was in power. No one seemed to care,” Gutfeld said.
“The problem with this, they are playing upon the emotions of people. These may be good people, I agree, but they are being used. The only way a president can respond is with law or else you encourage more of this,” he added, launching into further debate with Rivera who insisted the U.S. is responsible for its neighbors as the “poorest people in the hemisphere” are “living next door to the richest nation on Earth.”
“How have we destabilized these governments over the decades?” he demanded, as Gutfeld noted there “has to be a process.”
“You are going to bigger issues. We are trying to talk about a border,” Gutfeld countered.
“With all due respect, if you’re going to be a good neighbor on one side of the border, you need to be a good neighbor on the other side of the border,” Watters observed. “De-escalation tactics call for you to disperse a little tear gas to de-escalate the situation. This is law enforcement 101. They are not doing anything illegal.”
“No one wants to see these images of people being tear gassed. It’s not a happy sight,” Watters added. “I think everyone wants to solve it humanely and compassionately.”
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