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

Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge 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.

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“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.

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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.