A Fox News debate on race and politics completely derailed Thursday after Fox News general correspondent Geraldo Rivera asked fellow Network contributor Leo Terrell “When was the last time you were in. the ghetto? “
The pair apparently appeared on Fox News’ American press room to discuss Tishaura Jones, who has just become the first African-American mayor in the history of St. Louis. And while much of the discussion revolved around the duo’s criticism of Jones’ plan to employ more social workers to curb crime in the city, it quickly turned into a food battle – as it is. usage for cable media.
“I wish her the best. She seems very idealistic but unrealistic in many ways,” Rivera said of Jones’ stances on police and crime, which prompted Terrell to immediately blow up his colleague.
“Geraldo, give me a break!” All the evidence on Fox News, all this crime is happening in Democratic towns where they are basically giving the keys to the town to criminals! Terrell exclaimed.
“I agree with you, mate,” Rivera replied, trying to calm Terrell down. “You can’t bring a social worker to a shootout, I agree with you. But there is always room for kindness and compassion and these families are broken.
Terrell, who recently called himself “Leo 2.0” after giving up his liberalism to speak in favor of Donald Trump, was in no mood to calm down. And Rivera’s remarks later in the debate would serve to anger him.
After presenter Bill Hemmer noted that Jones told his white mayoral opponent, Cara Spencer, that she believed “white allies” lacked “the lived experiences of running a majority minority city,” said Terrell insisted that it was “the most insulting and racist comment.” He never heard.
“To say that she is basically in a better position because she is black is insulting, racist and makes no sense.” Terrell was furious. “I reject this argument!”
Rivera, rhetorically walking on the nearest rake, retorted, “Hey Leo, when was the last time you were in the ghetto?”
At that point, fireworks ensued and all hell broke out on the Fox News set.
“How dare you say that ?!” cried Terrell enraged back. “You don’t know anything about me. How dare you say that ?! “
Screaming at each other, the two went back and forth over their shared life experiences before Terrell appealed directly to Hemmer for what Rivera told him.
“Do you know what Geraldo accused me of?” Living in a particular region that I don’t understand, ”he grumbled. “I have been a civil rights lawyer for 30 years and I have fought against it for 30 years. How dare you!”
Not making matters better, Rivera rang, “Alright, you are Jesus on earth!”
Eventually, ending the screaming match, Hemmer let the arguing Fox personalities know, “I love you both.”
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