Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: ‘Send her back’ chant ‘inappropriate’ but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is ‘worse than a racist’ Top Democrat insists country hasn’t moved on from Mueller 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-CortezIllinois GOP group shares, then deletes meme labeling minority congresswomen ‘Jihad Squad’ Trump’s calculated climate of fear Two Democrats vow to press forward on Trump impeachment MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarLiz Cheney: ‘Send her back’ chant ‘inappropriate’ but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is ‘worse than a racist’ Chris Wallace presses Stephen Miller on ‘send her back’ chant at Trump rally MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyLiz Cheney: ‘Send her back’ chant ‘inappropriate’ but not about race, gender Trump campaign aide says president ‘a compassionate man’ and ‘not a racist’ Trump campaign aide defends tweets: Congresswomen made ‘very disturbing statements’ MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibLiz Cheney: ‘Send her back’ chant ‘inappropriate’ but not about race, gender Chris Wallace presses Stephen Miller on ‘send her back’ chant at Trump rally Trump campaign aide says president ‘a compassionate man’ and ‘not a racist’ 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.