Things got ugly on a Thursday episode of Fox News Channel’s “The Five” when host Tucker Carlson and contributor Geraldo Rivera got into a spat on-air over the illegal migrant crisis at the southern border and the link to COVID-19.
Carlson appeared on “The Five” to promote a new feature focused on illegal immigration from his series, “Tucker Carlson Originals.”
Rivera told Carlson he was relieved that he didn’t start the segment by linking illegal immigrants on the border to COVID-19.
“Why?” Carlson interjected. Rivera responded by citing the well-documented history of linking migrants with outbreaks.
(Source: Fox News)
The two Fox News stars then went at it, resulting in this heated exchange:
Rivera: Because those overblown health fears are the xenophobic reaction to immigrants since the Irish–
Carlson: Are you freakin’ kidding me?!
Rivera: –in the 19th century–
Carlson: Oh spare me. Oh spare me.
Rivera: The Chinese in the 1880s, the Italians–
Carlson: Sorry, I just threw up in my mouth.
Rivera: [Some said] they were all bringing smallpox, they were all bringing tuberculosis–
Carlson: You know, Geraldo, we live in a country where we are being forced to take a vaccine and some people – newsflash – don’t wanna take, that Americans can be arrested for not wearing a mask because Covid is so serious! But foreign nationals break our laws carrying covid and somehow they’re exempt from the requirements that we live under? That’s not xenophobia. That’s equal application of the law, and it’s not happening now. And it’s an appalling double standard that every American – including you – should be mad about.
Rivera: Well I’m mad about exaggeration and hype.
Carlson: What?! It’s a policy. They are not forcing–look, if you work in the federal government you have to get the vaccine, but if you break our laws as an illegal alien, you don’t? Why don’t you explain why that’s a good idea to me?
Rivera: Well, I don’t think the segment is about me. I would be glad to. Let Jesse be the subject now, and then Greg’s gonna ask you about fishing.
Rivera eventually backed off. Carlson’s point had been made, coming on the heels of growing discussions over vaccine and mask mandates for citizens across the country regardless of their preferences or antibody status.
Earlier Thursday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ordered Capitol Police to arrest anyone who was not in compliance with her mask mandate. Washington, D.C., California, and Atlanta, Georgia among other places around the country are now re-implementing mask mandates regardless of one’s vaccination status. President Biden also implemented mandatory vaccines or weekly coronavirus tests for federal employees.
For all the virtue-signaling about “following the science“, there has been zero data released to back up any need for mask mandates. If anything, doctors and experts now know that individuals who have received the vaccine experience far milder symptoms in breakthrough cases, and there are now several treatment options to lessen the impact of the virus on those infected.
Many agree the crisis seems artificial at this point, and some lawmakers took to Twitter to blast Democrats for creating another manufactured crisis when there is a very real one occurring on the southern border.
To be clear: Pelosi is directing police to ARREST vaccinated people who aren’t wearing masks.
This isn’t about science—it’s about power and control. https://t.co/XMXxI0Dw2D
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 29, 2021
In Biden-Pelosi’s America the maskless are arrested while the looters, shoplifters, and border crossers go free. https://t.co/plm51S8tik
— Rep. Darrell Issa (@repdarrellissa) July 29, 2021
Vaccinated, law abiding Americans: 𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺.
Unvaccinated, illegal border crossers bringing COVID into America’s interior: 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝗮 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘁. https://t.co/mWEebnkYlF
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) July 29, 2021
Ticked Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) delivered pointed remarks on the House floor on Wednesday, calling out Democrats for their obsession with the CDC and mask mandates over the border crisis.
“We have a crisis at our border and we are playing footsie with mask mandates in the people’s House. It’s absolutely absurd what this body is doing, the people’s House. It’s an embarrassment, a mockery, and the American people are fed up. They want to go back to life. They want to go back to business,” Roy said.
Fox News host and “The Five” co-host, Jesse Waters interjected during the impassioned argument between Carlson and Rivera.
“Tucker, this is what we’ve been dealing with all week with Geraldo. My apologies on the show’s behalf,” Watters said jokingly
“I love Geraldo,” Carlson responded.
“We love him too, but sometimes he needs a little tough love,” Watters joked.
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