The conservative commentator, who has described Trump as a friend and routinely defends him, was in the thick of criticizing Biden’s COVID-19 plan on the Fox News show “The Five” when he dropped the tidbit.
“I don’t mean to be petty or partisan,” he said. “I just want you to know that as [Trump’s] friend — even if he may not be speaking to me right now because of my position on the election being over — but I think, I insist that we have to recognize the role he played, the 45th president, in defeating a pandemic that has been so devastating to America and the world.”
Geraldo said on Fox News last month that he loves Trump but just wanted him to “recognize the reality” that the election is over.
Later in Tuesday’s segment, co-host Jesse Watters commented on Rivera’s “juicy gossip,” prompting the commentator to add that Trump “didn’t take my calls the last two times I tried.”
More than a month after the Nov. 3 election ― which Biden won by more than 7 million votes nationally and with 306 Electoral College votes to Trump’s 232 ― the president has still refused to concede. He continues to baselessly declare that the process was rife with fraud, even as his legal challenges fail again and again in battleground states.
Trump supporters and Republicans in Congress have largely allowed this crusade to go unchecked. Just 27 congressional Republicans acknowledge Biden’s win, a recent Washington Post survey found. Another 220 simply wouldn’t say who won.
“The results demonstrate the fear that most Republicans have of the outgoing president and his grip on the party,” the Post reported, “despite his new status as just the third elected president to lose reelection in the past 80 years.”
Republicans who have acknowledged the reality of the election have drawn public attacks from the president.