Dan Bongino and Geraldo Rivera were back at it again Thursday night on Fox News’ “Hannity,” going at each other while discussing the killing of Rayshard Brooks, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Atlanta last year.
The last time these two got together, Rivera called Bongino a “son of a b*tch,” after the former Secret Service agent suggested that he only wanted to see cities burn during a segment on protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd.
Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe, who shot Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot last June for firing a Taser at him that he grabbed from another officer during a scuffle, was reinstated this week by the Atlanta Civil Service Board after initially being fired over the incident — the board ruled that Rolfe, who still faces murder charges on the killing of Brooks, “was not afforded his right to due process.”
Rivera responded with his usual bleeding heart empathy for the loss of life, brushing aside the events that led to that point to essentially defend the rush to judgment that led to the officer being fired the very next day.
“This was a tragedy, this man never should’ve resisted arrest,” he said. “He never should’ve grabbed the officer’s weapon, he never should’ve tried to run. I get all of that. But now you have a dead guy, you have a community on pins and needles, there is rage simmering, after all we’ve been through with the last year with the pandemic and everything else, a day or two here or there is not going to make that big a difference.”
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Host Sean Hannity interjected to ask about due process.
“Out of fear what a threat from a group of anarchists — what they might do — you’re going to say you are fired and allow no due process?” he asked. “We fear what some in the community might do if we don’t disallow all due process, you don’t see that as a danger?”
Overly consumed with empathy, Rivera tried to have it both ways.
“I see the ignoring due process as a profound danger to our republic,” he replied. “But I think patience and ignoring due process are very different. Patience gives you time for everyone to take a deep breath and then you take the action you need to. There’s no reason to inflame the mob, if you want to call it the mob, but these are a lot of people who just regular citizens.”
If you’re confused on exactly what Rivera was arguing, so too was Bongino.
“Are you suggesting that firing the guy was the right move without any due [process]? I’m not sure what you’re arguing. That’s not what you’re suggesting, right?” he asked.
The nonsensical answer Rivera offered was a doozy, which is saying a lot considering we’re talking about Geraldo Rivera.
“The action taken against the officer was something that was easily remedied, and now has been,” he said. “He is not being denied anything.”
“He was fired!” Bongino shot back.
Rivera rambled on about looking for “peace in the community, tranquility, try to bring people together, try to get people on your side, try to get consensus.”
“So wait — time out, time out,” Bongino said. “So your suggestion here is, ‘Fire the guy because the mob said they’d burn the community down and we’ll fix it later?'”
“No. The firing of the officer did not materially harm the officer who was facing very serious criminal charges,” Rivera said. “He has a lot more on his plate than whether or not he has a job right now.”
In repeating the earlier claim that made no sense, Rivera was suggesting that the wrongful firing was okay because the officer faces charges over the incident, which are more serious. It was more than Bongino could fathom.
“Geraldo, seriously man. Have you been drinking before you came in?” he asked. “They fired the guy! What you mean they didn’t materially–they fired him! That was on his record! It was all over the news!”
Rivera continued holding his ground in defending the rush to judgement that denied the officer due process.
“His firing is the least of his problems,” he said, adding “I don’t think that’s a crime against humanity.”
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