(Tea Party PAC) – After a fiery segment on Fox and Friends Friday morning following the news that the US had taken out top Iranian Terrorist, Qasem Soleimani, Geraldo Rivera, one of the network’s resident leftists, was forced to apologize after host Brian Kilmead.
By his wife.
The apology came after Rivera attacked Kilmeade for his support of the drone strike which eliminated a man who approved Shi’ite militia forces attacking the US Embassy in Baghdad.
Rivera later joined Kilmeade’s radio program to discuss further and, well, apologize.
“First, let me say that I love you, I admire you, I have tremendous respect for you,” Rivera told his host on Fox Naton’s “The Brian Kilmeade Show.”
He then explained that it was actually his wife who told him it had been inappropriate to explode on his friend as he did.
“My wife, Erica, called and said I was mean in speaking with you on ‘Fox & Friends.’ And she said the first thing you do when you talk to Brian or you see him next is apologize.”
So, he proceeded.
“I apologize,” he said. “You know I didn’t mean anything personally. You know I’m your biggest fan in this building and in this town. I think you really have a total grasp on issues that is profoundly securing, you know, reaffirming, reassuring for us.”
“I just disagree with you on this issue of killing Soleimani,” he continued. “I disagree with what the president did. I think that it’s, you know, I used the metaphor or was it an analogy, I get them mixed up — that we were being stung by bees and we killed the queen bee. The hive is now going in every which way, direction. We’ve got to go swat everything now. It’s a lot more complicated. It’s going to feel good for today, but wait until next week.”
He still maintains that he opposes the decision to eliminate Soleimani, but he very fairly admits that he was way too hard on Kilmeade.
Rivera often has the president’s back when it comes to the relentless attacks from the media and the outrage that is Spygate, so maybe we can cut him some slack too.
“Geraldo, no problem,” Kilmeade promptly replied, accepting Rivera’s apology. “I know it’s never personal. We had an argument on the air. If you missed on FOX & Friends this morning, which I don’t know why you would ever miss the show. Geraldo agrees with Tulsi Gabbard and says that the American forces should not have taken out Soleimani,” Kilmeade responded.
“We both agree on this: That [Soleimani] has more blood on his hands than probably any other Iranian,” he continued. “[The] grand ayatollah doesn’t plot or plan military tactics. This guy does. Number two, we also agree on this: He’s not an inspirational leader; he’s a military strategist, and he’s also a consolidator of militias.”
“He actually was advising Vladimir Putin on how best to use Russian forces in Syria. … If you take out a quarterback who’s a superstar quarterback on a team, don’t expect the rest of the team to play as well. And don’t say, ‘Well I got another quarterback.’ No, no. This guy is tough to replace. He doesn’t sit in a cave and jot down psalms.”
Biz Pac Review notes:
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced an ostensible replacement for Soleimani late Friday, spurring critics of the president’s drone strike to argue that the strike had been pointless, given as the new guy could theoretically just pick up where he’d left off. But as noted by Kilmeade, things aren’t that easy.
Rivera chimed in to agree.
“I absolutely agree with your assessment of the importance of Soleimani,” he said. “I think he … I compare this death to [deceased ISIS leader Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi and Osama bin Laden. I think it’s that big of a deal.”
“And you supported those two deaths?” Kilmeade asked, jumping in.
“I absolutely did,” Rivera replied.
If you missed the original argument, watch here: