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Geraldo Rivera: Trump's Not Racist, 'Celebrity Apprentice' Was A Blast!

But that doesn't mean he's going to vote for him.
Geraldo Rivera attends the Defend Freedom Concert at Fox Studios on April 17, 2015 in New York City. Rivera "loves" Trum
Geraldo Rivera attends the Defend Freedom Concert at Fox Studios on April 17, 2015 in New York City. Rivera "loves" Trump and doesn't think he's racist.

“He is a down-to-earth, all around good guy,” he contends.  

To counter claims that Trump might be racist, Rivera cites the following evidence:

  • Rivera bumped into Trump on May 1 at Fox News headquarters.

  • Trump accepted Rivera's invitation to go on "Fox and Friends."

  • The appearance was “newsworthy” and “friendly.”

  • Trump is a nice guy.

  • And a grandfather.

  • Trump has treated Rivera’s family with respect.

  • “Celebrity Apprentice” was “a blast."

For all this and more, Rivera says he “loves” Trump and holds his family in the “highest esteem.”

However, he's not actually planning to vote for Trump, unless he moderates those views widely criticized as racist.

Geraldo Rivera on Episode 1403 of "Celebrity Apprentice." He thought Trump's show was "a blast."
Geraldo Rivera on Episode 1403 of "Celebrity Apprentice." He thought Trump's show was "a blast."

Trump’s strident brand of politically incorrect and often nonsensical nationalism has attracted the support of a wide range of white supremacists. Some of his remarks and proposals -- like the Muslim ban, surveillance of mosques and mass deportation of immigrants -- have been viewed by Republicans and Democrats alike as tainted by racism.

The presidential hopeful denies that he is a racist, however, and insists that he "loves Hispanics" and will "do great" among black voters, despite polling showing the opposite

Even Rivera scorns Trump’s “toxic immigration policy," praising undocumented immigrants as “the pizza deliverers, the baby sitters, the lawn mowers, the poultry processors, the meat packers and so forth.”

But because Trump is such a “smart practical man,” Rivera is confident the Republican presidential hopeful will make himself more electable by finding a way to make policies like a ban on Muslim visitors or indiscriminate mass deportation of undocumented immigrants more centrist.

Rivera ends the piece by plugging his own upcoming weekend special.

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