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Without naming names, Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera seemingly attacked vaccinated on-air personalities at the network who oppose vaccine mandates in a tweet and referenced the issue again during an appearance Tuesday night on “Hannity” — host Sean Hannity would fit that charcterization.

Rivera made it clear last month that he has “zero tolerance for anti-Vaxers,” tweeting: “Most of all, I detest vaccinated d-ck heads who urge the unvaccinated to ‘fight for their freedom,’ the mob urging the man on ledge to jump.”

He followed up on that in a tweet Tuesday night before his appearance on Hannity’s show: “Nothing is more contemptible than vaccinated commentators urging their unvaccinated followers to fight (and die) for their freedom. It’s like the punk-safe on the street-urging the guy in the ledge to jump.”

In a segment that focused on NFL star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was accused of misleading people to believe he was vaccinated, Rivera offered no sympathy for the Green Bay Packers player, claiming he may have cost his team the Super Bowl because they lost a game Sunday with a backup rookie quarterback playing.

But he avoided the question posed by Hannity, which was why can’t there be an attempt to accommodate those who chose not to get vaccinated if they follow the science and take steps to be safe and allowed to test regularly.

“Why have we given up all medical privacy and freedom and doctor patient confidentiality in this country, that’s a high price,” Hannity said.

Pressed to answer, Rivera said, “I think that you cannot have a right of privacy that I’m in your room with my grandchildren who are not vaccinated because they are too young and you lied about vaccine status and you sneeze on my grandchildren — that could be a crime. That is absolutely so selfish and self involved.”

Fellow panelist Dan Bongino, who spars regularly with Rivera, weighed in to say Rodgers doesn’t owe anyone an apology.

“Aaron Rodgers was given his body by God, and he is ward of his own body,” he said. “Whether he chooses to disclose his immunization status or not isn’t anyone’s business and the other point that you don’t have a right to privacy if you sneeze around someone. Really? So we are throwing the Constitution out the window for a virus with a survivability rate of between 98 and 99 percent? Really, if that isn’t the road to tyranny I don’t know what is.”

Rivera countered to say that there have been three Supreme Court cases already that gave the government the right to mandate, before Hannity stressed that most people have decided on the issue of whether to get vaccinated or not and asked, “Where is the flexibility? Why is there a rigidness? You must get the vaccine or you are fired… Why is there only one-size-fits-all medicine here?”

After saying he lost a “beloved nephew” to the virus, Rivera was adamant that there can be no accommodation.

“Let me be frank,” he said. “I despise vaccinated people who are smug in their protection, who urge unvaccinated people to exercise their freedoms. It’s like the guy in the street who’s telling the guy on the ledge to jump.”

Bongino responded to say Geraldo despises these people even though he doesn’t know anything about them or their medical condition, adding, “I don’t despise anyone. I respect your individuality and your ability to make your own decision with your doctor.”

“You have no individual rights when it comes to the vaccine,” Rivera shot back.

Tom Tillison

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