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Remember when Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera called fellow contributor Dan Bongino a “son of a b—h” and “punk” last month? Well, whoops, he did it again.
During a discussion Wednesday evening on Fox News’s “Hannity” about the situation in Israel, Rivera once again lost his temper on his good buddy, except that this time he also scrunched up a piece of paper and flung it at him. What are friends for, aye?
A now-viral clip from the program shows Rivera initially arguing with host Sean Hannity about who’s to blame for innocent Palestinians being killed.
Rivera argued Israel is to blame for striking buildings in Palestinian-controlled territories, but Hannity maintained that Hamas is to blame for starting the conflict with its endless rocket attacks and for using innocent Palestinians as human shields.
After the two sparred for a bit, Bongino then chimed in with a fact-check, and that’s when the fireworks started.
Watch (the fireworks begin around 1:23):
(Video: Fox News)
“Geraldo, you do this every time. This is such garbage, and I’m really getting sick of it. You play this emotional game with the audience and use your position of responsibility to put out misinformation and BS,” Bongino said before suddenly being cut off.
“Stop attacking me, punk! Address the issue! Do you have the guts to address the issue!?” Rivera shrieked.
Bongino tried to ignore him and continue with his point, but that effort failed.
“You did it on the police thing …,” he said before being cut off again.
“This is not about me! You didn’t come on this show to attack me. You came on this show to talk about the issues. You have a point about the issue?” Rivera yelled.
“You can’t control yourself ever, can you? Ever? You can’t control yourself. No, it is about you because again, you’re using your position of authority to say things that are absolutely outrageous,” Bongino said, triggering another outburst.
“I’m sick of you, Bongino! I’m sick of you! You’re a punk! You’re a punk!” Rivera shrieked as he scrunched up a piece of paper and tossed it at the camera.
In response, Bongino burst out laughing and said, “You’re an uncontrollable lunatic.”
That did not please Rivera.
“I’m an out-of-control lunatic?” he asked incredulously.
“Can you calm down? You really need to calm down. Maybe try a meditation out or something,” Bongino replied.
“I’m a 10-time Emmy winner with deep experience in the Middle East. Have you ever even been there? I’ve covered every war since 1973,” Rivera responded.
“When he stops talking, I do have a point,” Bongino then said.
“If your point is going to be about me, I’m not going to stop,” Rivera replied.
Well, Bongino’s point was indeed about him, and this time the foul-mouthed contributor was unable to do much — besides turn his back like a namby-pamby — as the former Secret Service agent rammed right over him like a bulldozer.
“Geraldo Rivera doesn’t understand that Hamas doesn’t believe in Israel’s right to exist. Hamas wants the Jews dead. And what does he do? The same thing with the police issue. He makes this an emotional thing,” he said.
“Of course we care about Palestinian children. You know the way we save Palestinians children? We incentivize the terror group Hamas to not fire rockets nondiscriminately into Israel, and it would stop immediately. You are so misinformed on this, and it’s pathetic,” he added.
After Bongino pummeled Rivera, Hannity jumped in to “calm the waters.”
“Let me calm the waters here, guys. Geraldo, who started this war? Who started firing the rockets? And who’s firing them?” he asked before being cut off.
“Where do you want to go? Do you want to go back to 1948, 1967, 1973? When do you want to go back to? Where does history start?” Rivera said, speaking over the host.
His point — and it was accurate — is that the general conflict in Israel goes back decades upon decades and is far more complex than many would have one believe. That being said, the current ongoing conflict isn’t nearly as complicated.
“Do you want to go back to the ’48 peace partition, the ’67, ’73 war? And yes, I’ve been to Israel. I’ve been to the border with Gaza. And let me tell you something. Kids can’t play in an outdoor playground because they have to get in a bunker. They play in indoor bunker playgrounds. I’ve seen the rockets — 10,000 in one city in 10 years,” Hannity continued as Rivera kept trying to speak over him.
He then asked, “Here’s my question, though. Who do you blame for firing the rockets first?”
To be clear, Hamas started the current round of fighting, though this isn’t how Rivera sees it.
Put yourself in this father’s shoes.
You’re driving with your newborn baby. Suddenly, you find yourself under rocket fire.
As rockets explode, your only thought is: keep your baby safe.
The IDF will continue to fight against Hamas to protect Israeli civilians. pic.twitter.com/ctBA0T0y0a
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 15, 2021
“This current chapter of this ongoing violence started when Israeli cops raided the al-Aqsa Mosque in Old City Jerusalem. It is one of the most sacred places in the ..,.” he tried to say before being cut off by Bongino for a change.
“Oh, get out of here! You’re just lying! You don’t know what you’re talking about!” Bongino shrieked in Rivera fashion.
Rivera again wasn’t pleased.
“Listen to this guy. This guy doesn’t … have you ever been? Have you ever been at war?” he asked.
The answer is no, though the facts said by Bongino were still accurate.
“On Friday, thousands of Muslim worshipers chanted violent slogans while rioting on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, also location of the Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest place. Over 200 Palestinians and 17 Israeli police officers were wounded in resulting clashes,” the Algemeiner Journal reported on May 10th.
So why does Rivera think the events happened backwards, with the police raiding the mosque and then the mosque-goers rioting in response? Apparently because he believes the mainstream media’s narratives.
“To read any of the reports by The New York Times, the BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post, or the Associated Press, one could be forgiven for thinking that Palestinian worshipers were severely mistreated or abused by heavy-handed Israeli security forces,” according to Algemeiner.
Perhaps Rivera needs to find some better sources …
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