President Trump has to stop with the self inflected wounds. In this podcast Geraldo talks about the President’s inability so far to stop providing a hostile media with ammo to attack him. The rookie mistakes are piling up for this administration largely due to an unedited, undisciplined dialog through tweets and comments contradicting his own staff on the biggest stories of the day. The latest Faux pa… sharing highly sensitive information about terrorist activities with Russian diplomats just days after getting lambasted for firing FBI director James Comey in light of the agency’s investigation into Russian ties to the Trump campaign. “I don't think he is in over his head, he can handle the job, but he needs to go a couple days without a scandal. You can’t make it up as you go along.” In this episode we discuss calls for Impeachment, State Secrets, Sean Spicer, SNL and the relentless attacks on the President and his staff.
The brilliant Harvard Professor, author and Legal Legend Alan Dershowitz is my guest, along with other legal legends and great friends Gerald Shargel and Arthur Aidala join me for a boat ride on The Hudson Rivera. Among other things Dershowitz talks about refusing a request by then President Obama to disinvite ‘that Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera’ to a party Alan was hosting at his Martha’s Vineyard home. Something President Trump would never do. Dershowitz also gives his surprising report card on President Trump’s 100 plus days in office. Shargel and Aidala weigh in on The President, and other issues for a spirited debate. And Arthur Aidala get an endorsement by all of us to serve as the next U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of the United States.
Geraldo talks about the history and significance of the Cinco de Mayo celebration and how in some communities the holiday was over shadowed due to concern authorities might use the occasion to target undocumented Mexicans. In South Philly the ‘Carnival de Puebla’, was cancelled because organizers feared ICE raids. Geraldo compliments the President’s Art of the Deal success in pushing through the Obamacare repeal bill, but wishes these winning tactics could be used for more positive accomplishments.
Layoff Ivanka Trump! Geraldo discusses the appalling treatment of the First Daughter of the United States during her appearance at the round table on the empowerment of women at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Having spent time with Ivanka during the production of Celebrity Apprentice, Geraldo saw firsthand her poise and intelligence and she did not deserve to be booed by the audience. “If you have a problem with POTUS then take it up with him.” Geraldo also talks about the lame protests over Sanctuary Cities. They are not a sanctuary for criminals to hide from the law and should not be characterized that way by critics. Geraldo also talks about what’s going on at the Fox News Channel.
Geraldo responds to Kendrick Lamar’s new album ‘DAMN’ where the popular rapper appears to be throwing shade on his third song “YAH.” The second verse, Lamar names Fox News and Rivera directly: “Fox News wanna use my name for percentage/My latest news in my niece, she’s worth livin/See me on the TV and scream ‘That’s Uncle Kendrick!’/Yeah that’s the business/Somebody tell Geraldo this n*gga got some ambition.” This is no doubt a response to Geraldo’s critique of Lamar’s 2015 BET Awards performance with cop killer lyrics “We hate po-po/Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho” standing atop a vandalized police car with the American in the background. At the time Geraldo said on ‘The Five’: “this is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African Americans that racism in recent years…. It is so wrong, it is so counterproductive, it gives exactly the wrong message.” Lamar plays the clip on his second song DNA. Geraldo discusses his opinion of the song, the artist and where he stands today,. Listen to the clips.
Geraldo discusses the disturbing incident of Dr. David Dow being dragged off the United airlines flight, the stressful atmosphere created in airports and the greed and stupidity of airlines in general and the lame apology by the company CEO. Geraldo also discusses the disturbing language used by Attorney General Jeff sessions regarding the immigration crack down, Trump's condemnation and military action resulting from Syria has attack on their own citizens and Tillerson's bold move in Russia and the latest on Russiagate.
Geraldo calls for a full investigation of the Syrian gas attack to determine if the Assad regime should be prosecuted for War Crimes. If Assad is responsible for this atrocity, he should be hunted down, tried for murder and hung if found guilty. Steve Bannon is out and none too soon, as he is likely to be the architect of Trump’s acerbic start as the 45th President. He is more professional and organized with Jared and Ivanka. And Geraldo responds to posted comments and questions.
Geraldo catches up on the latest Russia Gate news. After lengthy vacation that included skiing in Colorado and a visit with 98-years-young- mom in Sarasota he looks at the latest breaking developments including General Michael Flynn’s request for immunity. As Donald Trump said in the past about HRC "if you’re not guilty of a
crime why would you ask for immunity?" Now the shoe is on the other foot. What does the request for immunity from prosecution mean? Did Flynn lie to the FBI? And what is the story with Devon Nunes? Is he investigating Russian meddling in the Presidential elections or is does he think his job is to defend Trumps White House. Does the House Intel committee have any credibility? That and more on this episode.
Geraldo discusses MSNBC Host Rachel Maddow's hype over President Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns. Rachel Maddow takes over the mantle of Al Capone's vault with empty claims of a block buster reveal. We compare Maddow's critique of Geraldo's Coverage during the leaked "open mic" scandal with Access Hollywood's Bill Bush.
Geraldo talks about defeating NYC gridlock with his bike, Broadway play Sunday In The Park with George and how the White House press briefing has become must see TV. As Press Secretary Sean Spicer navigates Russia-Gate, he evolves and even self mocks, channeling Melissa McCarthy's SNL skit threatening to chase reporters with his podium when they critique President Trumps tweet boasting 230,000 new jobs. Things get testy though when he defends not properly vetting General Flynn as proof emerges he was a Foreign Agent for Turkey, a country with questionable loyalty to the US. Geraldo updates on the latest immigration news, the rising economy and repealing ObamaCare.
Geraldo examines Obamacare. Are the Republicans in a jam? Is their idea of repeal and replace too slanted toward helping folks who don’t need it? And what about the new Travel ban? Will the new version pass the smell test about banning Muslims? WikiLeaks is preparing their largest dump ever. Who’s looking at you through your smart devices? Finally, if Trump’s phones were tapped who ordered it? The intel community denies they were listening. Can Geraldo go on Trump Thumb Patrol?
Geraldo praises 45’s remarkable speech to Congress as his best to date in terms of manner, tone and substance. It was the speech he should have given at his inauguration. Geraldo speaks about the mission in which Ryan Owens lost his life, has a beef with it called Highly successful considering civilian casualties, the loss of a $75 million dollar aircraft not to mention Ryan’s life, and compares the impact of that mission to Operation Eagle Claw, the failed rescue mission during the Carter administration handling of the Iran Hostage crisis. Geraldo says it is time for the press to stop obsessing over the President, but given the latest revelation that AG Jeff Sessions failed to mention to the Senate Judiciary Committee a meeting with a Russian diplomat, that is unlikely.
President Trump goes off on Fake News at CPAC. Geraldo looks at the danger of Press Secretary Sean Spicer's selective press briefing, and ensuing boycott by major news publications; sends condolences to dearly departed colleagues Alan Combs and Brenda Burner and compliments the Presidential Cabinet's handling of the immigration crisis despite the angry rhetoric.
As President Trump’s Executive order on immigration goes into effect, Geraldo talks about how we came to this point. The border becoming an issue after 9/11, outrage when two pretty teenage girls were killed in a 2007 DUI crash by an undocumented immigrant in Virginia Beach prompting his emotional debate with Factor host Bill O’Reilly over sanctuary cities and his book “HisPanic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S.” And Geraldo contemplates what will happen when authorities attempt to round up 10 million illegals? Geraldo also talks about the latest spate of anti-Semitic attacks and President Trumps response.
Geraldo discusses President Trump’s wild Wednesday press conference, Trump’s accusations of Fake News to major media groups, the Russian connection, the President’s defense of perceived “Chaos” in the White House, his first Latino cabinet pick and Geraldo grades the 45th Presidents’ to date performance. Geraldo also talks about his feisty appearance with Bill O’Reilly on the Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor where he spars with the host about leaks to the press in the Trump administration.
Geraldo examines the reason behind the latest flurry of ICE raids against "Illegal Aliens." Are they really rounding up drug dealers, murders and domestic abuser, or did the agents go after softer targets like Guadalupe García de Rayos, 36, a mother of two who has been here since she was 14-years-old. Arrested when she checked in with her parole officer as she had done since 2008 for the minor offense of using a fake social security number in order to provide for her family. Are these arrests retaliation on areas taking a stance on Sanctuary cities? Also, General Michael Flynn resigns when it is revealed he mislead Vice President Pence about talks with the Russian Ambassador. Did he also Mislead President Obama while he was still in office about his Russian connection?
Fox News Senior Correspondent Geraldo Rivera examines the latest legal and ethical challenges that the 45th President of the United States faces in his third week of holding office. Reaction to the temporary travel ban on people coming from 7 majority Muslim nations, Ivanka Trump’s shoe line being discontinued from Nordstrom stores in an apparent political rather than a business decision, and the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Fox News Senior Correspondent Geraldo Rivera discusses his impressions of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the President’s reaction to reports of low attendance during the inaugural ceremony compared to previous inaugurations and Geraldo reports on his conversation with The President regarding the controversy over what he considered the unfair, inaccurate coverage of the event.
Just back from the Holiday Geraldo starts the New Year reflecting on his family vacation in South Africa and Europe and return in time for the final days leading up to the presidential election.
With access to high-level movers and shakers in politics and government, and deep experience covering the real worlds of war, crime and terrorism, Geraldo Rivera reports from countless locations around the nation and the world, a twice weekly, half hour program filled with drama, passion and surprises.
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