Nothing brings out Geraldo Rivera’s liberal side quicker than issues involving the color of one’s skin, but the co-host of Fox News’s “The Five” took on a curious cause Tuesday when he opted to white knight on behalf of Vice President Kamala Harris.
In the segment, co-host Katie Pavlich was calling attention to the inconsistent message from Harris, who embarked on her first diplomatic trip abroad this week, visiting Guatemala and Mexico in her role as President Joe Biden’s border czar. At a press conference with the president of Guatemala, the vice president told residents in the Central American country not to come to the U.S., yet in 2017, when a Republican was in the White House, she tweeted “everyone is welcome here.”
“You know, she has — I really deeply admire her,” Rivera countered, prompting a loud snicker from Pavlich. “No, I do. She’s a historic figure. She’s very, very important.”
Co-host Greg Gutfeld chimed in to say “that’s not enough.”
“It may not be enough, but my ‘but’ is that she has kind of a quirky nature that when pressed,” Rivera countered, “remember in the presidential primaries, how unpleasant she sometimes comes across when she’s under pressure. It cost her the early exit when she was running for president and I think this trip is a disaster.”
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He said Harris could have accomplished just as much with a phone call and pointed to former President Donald Trump as an example, suggesting he used “the forces” at his command to deal with these countries and “mitigate this horrible flow that’s coming.”
“She really has blown it,” Rivera concluded. “I think she can recover. She can mature in office, but that’s not a winning formula.”
The discussion shifted briefly to whether the Democratic Party sees Harris as a great candidate for 2024 — which doesn’t say a lot about Biden’s chances for a second term.
Co-host Jesse Watters noted that Biden was supposed to be “the placeholder” here.
“This is what happens when you choose your vice president based on gender and skin color rather than actual talent and expertise,” Pavlich summarized, drawing Rivera’s ire.
“Oh, I don’t agree with that — that is so mean,” he interjected.
“Actually it’s true,” Pavlich fired back.
“She was the attorney general of California. She was a United States senator. You can’t demean her,” Rivera said.
Pavlich closed out the segment by noting that there was “a reason why she got zero votes and had to drop out of the [presidential] race before they even starting taking votes.”
It’s telling that in coming to Harris’ defense, Rivera could only point to the offices she has held as accomplishments, as if being elected to office is a skill set.
His inclusion of the attorney general role was also curious, considering that as a young prosecutor in San Francisco, Harris got her start in politics with an assist from then-mayor Willie Brown — thirty years her senior, Brown reportedly had an extramarital affair with Harris at the time.
Biden appointed Harris his border czar on March 24, some 77 days ago, and she has yet to hold a press conference in the U.S. and has still not visited the southern border.
As for disasters, in a sit down this week with NBC’s Lester Holt, the vice president was asked directly when will she visit the border and her response was to shrug the idea off and try to employ distortion, saying three times “we have been to the border.”
Given the treatment she receives from the adoring media, it’s almost like Harris was counting on Holt to let it slip. To his credit, he didn’t.
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