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Geraldo Rivera and Dan Bongino got into an argument on Sean Hannity’s show, according to The BizPAc Review.
Geraldo Rivera called Dan Bongino a “son of a b*tch” and a “punk.”
Rivera called the recent police shooting incident in Minnesota an “act of grotesque negligence.”
Rivera made remarks that he has “been to too many cop funerals to even think about.”
Rivera described the shooting of Daunte Wright as a “reckless or grossly negligent behavior.”
Rivera followed that up by stating that a taser should be “the first weapon of choice for a cop.”
Bongino replied, “I don’t even know how to respond to that. Give me a second to digest the stupidity of that.”
“There’s a big difference between reporting on a baseball game and playing it, Geraldo. You’ve never worn a badge, period. Not interested in your reporting on it, because reporters deal with facts, and you brought the race card into it the other night when we had this debate, despite having no facts to back that up.”
Rivera stated, “Blacks are twice as likely to be shot by cops as whites.”
Rivera asked, “How about that fact?”
Bongino responded, “They did an actual study on police contacts and found no systemic racism.”
“I know more than you! What do you know?” Rivera hollered.
“What, did you have a ten-minute career as a cop? You’ve been running for office for the last 20 years.”
Bongino said, “Take a Valium. You’ve really gotta pipe down. My gosh, you’re a 70-year-old man!”
Bongino said, “Maybe a little bit of humble pie. Back off. Stop telling everyone about your great reporting. Deal with facts, and realize you don’t know what you think you know. You just know what you think you reported on.”
Rivera lost it. “What Dan Bongino does is make me the issue. Is anything he has just said — is it useful on this topic?”
“What we need to do is assure a very restive public that cops aren’t out to get them. We have to reassure the black mothers.”
“You only accept facts that you agree with,” Rivera stated.
“There are hundreds of thousands of police officers and millions of police contacts are with black Americans in the course of each day. If there was a plague of police officers hunting black men down at night, then — I don’t understand — if that’s happening, where is this massive body count?” Bongino remarked.
“This man is why they have that rage. This man with his baloney. This is baloney!”
“He’s injecting race into the argument because he has nothing else!”
“I want to see the country burn?! You son of a b*tch! I want to see the country burn, you punk?! You’re nothing but a punk!”
From The BizPac Review:
Later, Bongino calmly shot back at Rivera once again that he was promoting “a race narrative with no data to back it up at all.”
Bongino posited that Rivera wanted to “see the country burn.”
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Bongino got the last word in though and told Rivera: “You wouldn’t tell me that to my face.”
Rivera was smacked down on Twitter over his meltdown: