Geraldo Rivera’s ‘Better Than That’ Defense of Trump Backfires

Donald Trump’s Sunday morning Twitter rant directed at four congresswomen of color has everyone talking

Photo: Wikimedia/Mark Taylor

Photo: Wikimedia/Mark Taylor

Donald Trump’s Sunday morning Twitter rant directed at four congresswomen of color has everyone talking. In a series of tweets, Trump said that Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan should “go back” to their home countries. Only Omar was born elsewhere but as a naturalized citizen of the U.S., she’s as American as they come. 

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” one of his tweets said. Many condemned Trump on social media for his extremely problematic and bigoted comments–including Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera.

Rivera, a longtime Trump supporter, called out his “friend,” but also offered a complicated closing to his tweet. While noting the tweets use “language that’s xenophobic even racist,” he mentions 45 is “better than that.”

Twitter was quick to jump in and remind Rivera of his pal’s track record online.

Trump has been sharing problematic comments on Twitter for over a decade, and since assuming the position of Commander-in-Chief has become even more vocal on the site. He’s criticized virtually anyone he deems a threat and has spread racist messaging.

His strategy seems to have little-to-no repercussions, particularly among the Republican Party. 

Rivera’s response also begs the question, if Trump rephrased his remarks–using coded language–would it have flown?

In 140 characters or less, Trump has referred to several African nations as “sh*thole countries,” and even fueled inaccurate information that criminalizes those entering this country through the southern border. Back in 2012, he also claimed former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate was fake, igniting the birther claims that he wasn’t born in the U.S. 

Ocasio-Cortez denounced the president’s remarks.”Mr. President, the country I ‘come from,’ & the country we all swear to, is the United States,” she tweeted. Adding in “You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.”

Omar did the same, writing, “You are stoking white nationalism (because) you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.”

So, Rivera, if we go by Trump’s calculated actions, he’s not “better than that.” 

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