The co-hosts of “The View” on Friday ganged up on Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera after he claimed Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are “qualified” to serve in Donald Trump’s administration—and that Kushner has the “experience” to solve the Middle East crisis.
Rivera was discussing Bette Midler’s “Me Too” allegations against him (which he characterized as part of a “hysteria” movement), prompting Joy Behar to suggest he should “take a page from your friend Donald Trump.”
“Deny, deny, deny,” Behar quipped.
“I also want to say about the president, I believe the president is a good-hearted person,” Rivera replied. “I don't believe the person is a racist. I don't believe the president wants the worst for the country. I really—I think that he's a conservative, and Meghan [McCain], if you examined his policies—“
“He's conservative now,” Behar said, later adding “he's in chaos all the time.”
After Rivera insisted the president is “not in chaos all the time,” McCain jumped in to push back on the Fox News personality’s claim.
“He just ousted his 8th official,” McCain explained. “You paid a trip to the White House to visit Ivanka and Jared and you posted this tweet saying they work in a nest of snitches, vipers and rats—aka—the West Wing. What made you say that?”
Rivera explained that “particularly under the Steve Bannon regime,” there were “stinkers in that Oval Office.” who “don’t want the best for the president.”
“Ivanka and Jared—take these young people working for no salary—they’re worth $1 billion,” Rivera said in an attempt to explain his support for the president’s daughter and son-in-law.
“Aww, breaks my heart,” Behar said, jokingly.
“My point is they're not going to steal chump change, you know,” Rivera said.
“They’re in over their head, Geraldo,” Behar said. “Come on.”
“I disagree,” he replied.
“You disagree they're over their head?” co-host Sunny Hostin demanded. “What experience do they have? What experience does Jared Kushner have to solve the Middle East crises?”
“I have covered the Middle East since the war of 1973,” Rivera offered. “I have watched every professional diplomat go in there and get chopped and the situation is worse now—“
“And Jared is the answer, Geraldo?” Behar shot back.
“I think he is as qualified to have a dialogue as anybody else!” he claimed.
“Ay, Dios mío, Geraldo, come on!” Hostin responded.
Watch the clip below, via ABC: