Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera proudly declared he would like to beat up the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint helped launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
“This is gonna be what the impeachment is all about, maybe one or two little other things fall in,” Rivera said while speaking on Fox & Friends Friday morning.
“So it’s going to be the president of the United States in a conversation that was intercepted by a rotten snitch, I’d love to wap him, but that’s another story,” he continued. (“Wap” is a somewhat-archaic term meaning to beat or strike, according to Mediaite.)
Rivera’s violent rhetoric echoes similar remarks made by the president Thursday morning when he suggested that the whistleblower should be executed for “treason.”
“Basically, that person never saw the report, never saw the call, he never saw the call — heard something and decided that he or she, or whoever the hell they saw — they’re almost a spy,” Trump said to a crowd of staff from the United States Mission to the United Nations on Thursday, according to the LA Times.
“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy,” he continued.
“You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.” Trump added.
According to The New York Times, Trump’s remark “stunned people in the audience.”
Rivera also lamented the treatment of the president, complaining the “poor president” was beset by “snitches and rats.”
“Imagine this poor president, his whole tenure in office has been marked by snitches, and rats, and backstabbers, and it’s amazing how he functions at all,” he said.
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt argued there is no proof Trump did anything wrong by pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
“You would have to have proof of quid pro quo … if we don’t have proof that the president was holding back because he wasn’t getting information about Joe Biden’s son, he is not guilty,” she said.
“I would love to wap him, but that is another story. Imagine this poor president, his whole tenure in office has been marked by snitches and rats and backstabbers.” https://t.co/Dumzq57wih pic.twitter.com/WAIcpEwiZE
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 27, 2019