Dan Bongino vs. Geraldo Rivera: "Is This The New Normal, That We Assassinate The People We Don't Like?" | Video | RealClearPolitics

Dan Bongino vs. Geraldo Rivera: "Is This The New Normal, That We Assassinate The People We Don't Like?"

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"Hannity" regulars Dan Bongino and Geraldo Rivera clashed Thursday evening over President Donald Trump’s decision to kill Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, with host SeanHannity struggling to keep up and eventually laughing "ding, ding, ding" at the end of the segment.

"He picked an unnecessary fight,” Rivera said about Trump's decision to kill Soleimani. "I don’t know what we are doing there. We don’t need their oil anymore. Let them fight each other and eat each other alive. The Shiites and Sunnis and their multi-thousands of year battle."

"I’ve got to tell you, Geraldo, I’ve been pretty furious with some of your comments on the network," Bongino roared. "I haven’t knocked you until I faced you live. But I’ve got to tell you, your comments have been absolutely atrocious."

"I did 11 [journalistic] assignments in the war in Iraq. I’ve attended more memorial services than you ever did, Dan. I deeply feel every loss," Rivera fired back.

"Geraldo, he sent 600 Americans hold home in body bags!" Bongino growled, referring to Soleimani. "It’s not like he showed up late for a birthday party! Get your head out of your butt! Are you kidding me?"

"I never insult you personally buddy," Rivera replied. "But you feel that you can go gutter surfing, I’m telling you right now that I disagree with this action."

Transcript:

SEAN HANNITY: Donald Trump didn't fire after drones were shot down and didn't fire when tanks were taken hostage, didn't fire when they hit the Saudi oil fields impacting oil prices. Killed Americans, that's his redline. And then he gave the Iranians an out. An off-ramp. I would say he is keeping his campaign promise. Would you agree, Geraldo, before I go to Dan?

GERALDO RIVERA: I like the president to be firm. I just think in this case he picked an unnecessary fight.

DAN BONGINO: Oh my God.

GERALDO RIVERA: We had already retaliated against the Iranians. We killed 25 of them after they killed the American contractor.

SEAN HANNITY: Geraldo, I would have kicked the crap out of them when they shot the drones down. Good thing I'm not the president.

GERALDO RIVERA: I don't know what we are doing there. We don't need their oil anymore.

SEAN HANNITY: He killed Americans, Geraldo.

GERALDO RIVERA: Let them fight each other and eat each other alive. The Shi'ites and sunnies and their thousands of year battle.

SEAN HANNITY: What do you think he was doing in Baghdad? He was there to help Hezbollah kill Americans at the embassy. That's what they were up to.

DAN BONGINO: Geraldo, he wasn't there, Soleimani, picking up cheesecakes. He was in Iraq. I have been keeping my powder dry for a couple of days. I have got to tell you, Geraldo, I have been pretty furious with some of your comments on the network including on "The Five" today. I have not knocked you until I faced you live. Your comments have been absolutely atrocious. Number one, the argument that this somehow was inappropriate or unjustified or that there wasn't an imminent.

GERALDO RIVERA: Unnecessary.

DAN BONGINO: Unnecessary? Geraldo, let me ask you a very serious question. How many bodies -- do you have an exact body count? Was Soleimani's 600 dead Americans not enough? Is it like do we have to reach 1,000 first? I mean, what did you think this guy did? He was guilty of ethnic cleansing.

GERALDO RIVERA: I did 11 assignments in the war in Iraq. I have attended more memorial services than you ever did, Dan. I feel deeply.

DAN BONGINO: Geraldo, listen to me for a minute. This doesn't give you the right to be wrong.

GERALDO RIVERA: They have lost over 600,000.

DAN BONGINO: Geraldo, you know what? I don't sit here on the network and tell everyone about my time in the Secret Service running around the world with the president of the United States in some of the world's dangerous hot zones. I'm glad you did. Congratulations. Nice work. That doesn't give you the right to be wrong. And that doesn't give you special insight to say things that are ridiculous. Soleimani was one of the world's leading terrorists. This was an unabashedly good thing not just for the United States but for the world.

GERALDO RIVERA: Is that going to be the new normal, Dan? Is this the new normal that we assassinate the people we don't like?

DAN BONGINO: It doesn't mean you are right.

GERALDO RIVERA: He is the number two guy in the Iranian government.

DAN BONGINO: People we don't like? Geraldo, he sent 600 Americans home in body bags. It's not like he showed up late for a birthday party. I mean, get your head out of your butt. Are you kidding me? People we don't like? You act like this guy sent you a $50 instead of $100 in a birthday card.

GERALDO RIVERA: I never insult you personally, buddy. But you feel that you can go gutter surfing, I'm telling you right now that I disagree with this action.

DAN BONGINO: Geraldo, this is nonsense what you are saying.

GERALDO RIVERA: That doesn't mean I am unpatriotic, it doesn't mean official insight.

DAN BONGINO: Don't make a straw man out of this.

GERALDO RIVERA: We picked a fight we didn't have to pick.

DAN BONGINO: A terrorist who killed Americans?

GERALDO RIVERA: What is the trump doctrine? Isn't the Trump doctrine to bring the troops home?

SEAN HANNITY: Ding ding ding.

GERALDO RIVERA: Isn't the trump doctrine to bring the troops home?

SEAN HANNITY: Whoa. But he is not going to bribe dictators like Biden and Obama did, Geraldo. Soleimani killed Americans when he was in Baghdad and leading the Hezbollah effort against our embassy. That's American souls at risk and that is our territory and that's our sovereignty. And we are going to disagree.

GERALDO RIVERA: I love you. I even like Bongino.

SEAN HANNITY: Peace and love.



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