Geraldo Rivera on Trump after tweets: His 'critics were much more right than I'

Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera said that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE’s recent comments telling four minority congresswomen to “go back” to the countries they came from have shown him that critics of Trump "were much more right than I."

In an interview with The New York Times published Saturday, Rivera, a longtime friend who has vocally supported Trump in the past, offered a mea culpa of sorts.


“My friendship with the president has cost me friendships, it has cost me schisms in the family, my wife and I are constantly at odds about the president,” he told the Times. “I do insist that he’s been treated unfairly. But the unmistakable words, the literal words he said, is an indication that the critics were much more right than I.”

He added that “as much as I have denied it and averted my eyes from it, this latest incident made it impossible” to defend Trump for accusations of racism.

Trump in numerous tweets last week attacked Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHouse approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade Omar introduces bill to sanction Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi killing MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPressley says image of Black custodial staff cleaning up Capitol after Jan. 6 riot 'haunts' her DeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes DeJoy set for grilling by House Oversight panel MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressives push White House to overturn wage ruling Six ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' MORE (D-Mich.), urging the four women to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” The comments sparked outrage among Democrats, who widely condemned the comments as racist, as well as some Republicans.

The Democratic-led House passed a resolution formally condemning Trump’s attack as “racist comments.”

Trump has since repeatedly doubled down on the remarks, alleging in a tweet Sunday that he believes the four progressive lawmakers aren’t “capable of loving our Country.”

The tweet follows outcry over a “send her back” chant at a Trump rally in North Carolina last week.