During a discussion of the House Select Committee on the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday evening, Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera got into a nasty altercation that wound up escalating quickly and resulting in a shouting match.
The debate began with Hannity asking Rivera why the Congress was investigating the riot at the Capitol but not looking into the demonstrations and riots that took place in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Rivera responded by noting that the attack on the Capitol was a direct attack on the American republic:
“This was a riot that was unleashed, incited, and inspired by the president of the United States, which targeted the heart of American democracy.”
As usual, Hannity defended Trump, saying the ex-president had urged protesters who marched on the Capitol to behave “peacefully.”
That’s when Rivera reminded Hannity about the text messages he sent to then-chief of staff Mark Meadows, which were made public by the House Select Committee Monday:
“I beg you, Sean, to remember the frame of mind you were in when you wrote that text on January 6. And when Laura (Ingraham) did. And when Brian (Kilmeade) did. And when Don Jr. did! Remember that concern you had. Remember the frustration you had at our beloved 45th president—where was he? How could he be doing this? Why doesn’t he say something? You saw unfolding before your very eyes an attack on democracy, an attack on the Constitution.”
When Hannity asked right-wing radio host Dan Bongino to join the discussion, he also attacked Rivera rather than admit Trump helped instigate the violence which transpired on Jan. 6:
“The backstabbing of the president you’re engaging in is really disgusting.”
That led Rivera to tell Bongino he had fully supported Trump until he “abandoned democracy” and “refused to accept the will of the people.”
If Hannity is convinced he didn’t do anything wrong, why doesn’t he volunteer to testify before the Jan. 6 committee and encourage Trump to do the same?
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