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Geraldo Rivera Breaks Rank from Peers at Fox News as 'Designated Pinata' and Says Migrants 'Are Not Invaders'

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Geraldo Rivera Breaks Rank from Peers at Fox News as 'Designated Pinata' and Says Migrants 'Are Not Invaders'

2018-11-27 20:52:181 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Geraldo Rivera (Image source: Mark Taylor via Wikimedia Commons)

 

Geraldo Rivera is right there alongside all his peers at Fox News propping up the Trump administration until it comes to immigration, specifically that of Latin immigrants, close to his own heritage. He finally broke with his network on Monday, referred to himself as Fox News's "designated piñata" and declared that the migrants "are not invaders." 

Rivera was born in New York City in 1943 to a Puerto Rican father and an Ashkenazi Russian Jewish mother. He's been a lawyer, talk show host, radio host, author, and journalist, and has worked for Fox News since shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks, starting out as a war correspondent. In 2008 he wrote a book titled, "HisPanic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S."

 

With that as a background, he just couldn't sit by and listen to his "The Five" co-host Jesse Watters continue to knock the migrant caravan that originated in Central America.  

He spoke up and said, "I refuse to deal with this as a media issue," then added, "because it's far too important, with all due respect, Jesse."

 

Rivera, as a Hispanic who knows what it's like to be treated less than respectfully, said, "This goes to my soul." Over Watters's interjections, he added, "Fulfilling my role as the designated piñata on Fox News, I want to say I am ashamed." 

He wasn't always famous. He knows what it's like to be a minority in this country. He also seems to be insinuating that he's the "token" Hispanic of the on-air staff at Fox News, as if by employing him they can say they aren't racist.

 

Yet Greg Gutfeld, another co-host, yelled out, "That's racist," to Rivera in response to his comments. 

The journalist continued on with his thoughts. "This tear gas choked me," he explained, showing how it affected him as well, just from sharing a similar background.

 

"We treat these people, these economic refugees, as if they're zombies from 'The Walking Dead.' We arrested 42 people, eight of them were women with children! We have to deal with this problem humanely and with compassion! These are not invaders! Stop using these military analogies. This is absolutely painful to watch!" 

Certainly it was painful for Rivera to watch his peers continue to refer to the caravan as an invasion and to hear the president refer to them as criminals and gang bangers. While he can agree with them on many other measures, not with immigration. It hits too close to home for him.

 

"We are a nation of immigrants," he explained. These are desperate people. They walked 2,000 miles. Why? Because they want to rape your daughter or steal your lunch? No! Because they want a job!  

"They want to fill the millions of unfilled jobs we have in the agricultural sector. They want to wash dishes in the restaurants. They want to deliver the pizzas. For goodness sake, can't we suspend our humanity when it comes to this issue? And I fear that it is because they look different than the mainstream."

 

However, it's likely Rivera's words fell on the deaf ears of his co-hosts. They don't seem to understand the plight of minorities. After Rivera's words, they went back to  playing the footage of the migrants running towards the border, defending Border Patrol's use of tear gas.  

It's likely that the Fox News hosts will never understand, if one of their own peers tries to get them to understand, and they still don't.

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