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Geraldo Rivera says Trump is 'guilty as charged' in inciting insurrection at Capitol

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On The Story With Martha MacCallum Monday, just one day before former President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial in the Senate, Fox News correspondent at-large and Trump ally Geraldo Rivera guilty. Trump is charged with inciting the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, and Rivera believes that in his behavior and actions since the election, Trump bears responsibility.

“Maybe Karl (Rove) and I differ in this, but I believe that President Trump is guilty as charged of inciting that mob,” Rivera said. “Not specifically to go and ravage the Capitol, but his words and actions following his refusal to accept the election for 77 days, and the inflammatory rhetoric he used about the big steal and so forth. I think the president really deserved this admonition from Congress.”

Despite conceding his belief that Trump is guilty, Rivera hopes that Democrats fail to get a conviction, which will be a tall task for the Democratic impeachment managers.

“I hope he’s not convicted,” Rivera said. “I hope that, ya know, they hang it on the procedural that he’s out of office already so the issue is moot. But we cannot pretend that the president has clean hands in this.”

Video Transcript

GERALDO RIVERA: Maybe Karl and I differ in this, but I believe that President Trump is guilty as charged of inciting that mob, not specifically to go and ravage the Capitol.

KYLIE MAR: On Monday, one day before former President Trump's historic second impeachment trial was set to begin in the Senate, charged with inciting the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, Fox News correspondent-at-large and Trump ally Geraldo Rivera admitted that he believes Trump is guilty, not just for the speech he gave preceding the insurrection, but for his behavior going back to the election.

GERALDO RIVERA: His words and actions following his refusal to accept the election for 77 days, and the inflammatory rhetoric he used about the big steal and so forth, I think the president really deserved this admonition from Congress.

KYLIE MAR: Though a recent poll showed that the majority of Americans believe Trump should be convicted, that remains an extremely tall task for Democrats to pull off. And despite conceding that Trump is guilty, Rivera hopes Democrats fail to get a conviction.

GERALDO RIVERA: I hope he's not convicted. I hope that, you know, they hang it on the procedural that he's out of office already. So the issue is moot. But I think we cannot pretend that the president has clean hands in this.

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