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Former Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera took another verbal stab at Tucker Carlson, who himself was let go by the network in late April, on Twitter over the issue of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol Building and the war in Ukraine.
In an interview with commentator and comedian Russell Brand on Brand’s podcast on Friday, Carlson said he interviewed Steven Sund, who was chief of the Capitol Police on the day of the riot, but that he was fired before the interview aired. He told Brand that Sund confirmed what Carlson has said for more than a year — that federal agents were rife throughout the Jan. 6 mob that rioted at the Capitol.
Carlson also praised former President Donald Trump’s stance on Ukraine, noting that he seems to be the only major political figure in Washington right now that is against the war and wants to stop it.
That was apparently too much for Rivera.
“Due respect to Tucker Carlson, but he’s as full of s**t about Ukraine as he was about January 6th,” he tweeted. “His smiley face doesn’t change fact Russia invaded sovereign Ukraine; 1000’s are dead, including women & children, the world order is assailed and Putin is a punk.”
Due respect to Tucker Carlson, but he’s as full of shit about Ukraine as he was about January 6th.
His smiley face doesn’t change fact Russia invaded sovereign Ukraine; 1000’s are dead, including women & children, the world order is assailed and Putin is a punk.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) July 7, 2023
Several Twitter users took Rivera to task over his remarks.
“Geraldo you are wrong about both…. Ukraine and Jan 6th,” wrote one, adding an insult: “P.S. A mustache is dirtier than a dog’s a**.”
“Look at the man in the mirror Geraldo. America has zero business being involved in this war period. Both countries are corrupt and both leaders are corrupt but heck so is Joe Biden. This crap is going to get Americans and our children laying dead in the streets!” said another.
“I’d rather have Putin as my neighbor than you Geraldo,” noted another user.
Still another user said, followed by three laughing emojis: “Are you still around and butt-hurt that Tucker Carlson is wildly more successful than you ever thought of being?”
In his interview with Brand, Carlson elaborated on his interview with Sund.
“I had no thought in my head as I watched this happen on television and in the subsequent weeks that U.S. law enforcement or military agencies had anything to do with it. That never crossed my mind. I never thought there was a false flag or anything like that. I’m not a conspiracist by temperament. I never thought that,” Carlson explained.
🚨BREAKING: Tucker Carlson says the Chief of the Police at the Capitol told him that the crowd on J6 was “FILLED with federal agents” pic.twitter.com/joPEmioX7W
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 7, 2023
“And then I interviewed the chief of the Capitol Police, Steven Sund in an interview that was never aired on Fox… but Steven Sund was the totally non-political… he was the chief of the Capitol Police on January 6th, and he said ‘oh yeah, yeah that crowd was filled with federal agents’,” Carlson said.
Regarding his Ukraine views, he first noted that he “loves” Trump and said he believes the former president is spot-on regarding what to do about the war.
“When I think about Trump right now, in July of 2023, I’m struck by his foreign policy views. Trump is the only person with stature in the Republican Party really who is saying, ‘Wait a second, why are we supporting an endless war in Ukraine?'” he said.
“Leaving aside whether Trump is going to get the nomination or be elected president or would be a good president, I can’t even assess that. All I can say at this point is I am so grateful that he has that position. He’s right,” he continued. “And everyone in Washington is wrong, everyone, and Trump is right on that question, and it is a big question.
“That war is reshaping the world, reshaping the economy of the world; it is reshaping the populations. I was just in Romania last week, which of course, shares a border with Ukraine. The refugees in that region, the number of people killed,” he added.