Fox News' Geraldo Rivera on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's widely criticized decision to send well wishes to accused child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell.
The president on Tuesday was asked how he felt about Maxwell, a longtime partner of the late accused billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, being arrested on child sex trafficking charges.
"I don’t know, I haven’t really been following it too much," Trump said. "I just wish her well, frankly. I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach and I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is."
Writing on Twitter, Rivera piped up in the president's defense and said that the only reason Maxwell was denied bail was due to "woke politics."
"When asked [President Trump] said he wished [Ghislaine Maxwell] well," Rivera wrote. "With media mob eager to see her lynched it was brave to weigh in. Fact: cases vs. her are for crimes allegedly committed more than 25 years ago. She deserved bail and got solitary confinement: woke politics."
Rivera's defense of both the president and Maxwell led to a flood of disparaging replies -- check out some reactions below.
@GeraldoRivera @realDonaldTrump first they came for the child sex traffickers, and I did not speak out— but Geraldo did— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1595423549.0
@GeraldoRivera @realDonaldTrump As a rape survivor, still struggling with PTSD 18 years after it happened, I just w… https://t.co/9OyOFFCyb5— Ida Skibenes ❄️ (@Ida Skibenes ❄️) 1595424756.0
@GeraldoRivera So sick of all these "Woke Warriors" and their "Media Mobs" criticizing convicted sex offenders and their enablers!— Tommy Vietor (@Tommy Vietor) 1595428261.0
@GeraldoRivera @realDonaldTrump Maxwell did NOT deserve bail. She's credibly accused of trafficking & *participatin… https://t.co/rLtAN9gcXI— Deborah of the vintage dressing & modern cursing. (@Deborah of the vintage dressing & modern cursing.) 1595429401.0
@GeraldoRivera @realDonaldTrump Are you seriously defending a women who has been involved in the sex trafficking of… https://t.co/SSd3AeXR6V— lisastark35 (@lisastark35) 1595423683.0
@JackCrawfordNow @itsJeffTiedrich @GeraldoRivera @realDonaldTrump My exact thought. Excusing her crimes because the… https://t.co/XJFeG7XW1T— Princess Rainbow wishes you a Merry Christmas. (@Princess Rainbow wishes you a Merry Christmas.) 1595424025.0
@GeraldoRivera Really though? Come on now.— Ian Miles Cheong (@Ian Miles Cheong) 1595427680.0
@GeraldoRivera @realDonaldTrump Oh so if you rape kids 25 years ago, everything is forgiven and fine now?? Gotcha.— Irishrygirl (@Irishrygirl) 1595421711.0
@GeraldoRivera @realDonaldTrump Bold stance defending a child sex trafficker.— The Cranky Ho Ho Ho Old Man (@The Cranky Ho Ho Ho Old Man) 1595419634.0
@GeraldoRivera @realDonaldTrump A crime was committed on me 63 years ago. The pain never leaves. Maxwell’s victims are not even 40.— NANA❤️🇨🇦🌊💛Trudeau/Biden (@NANA❤️🇨🇦🌊💛Trudeau/Biden) 1595426018.0
@GeraldoRivera @realDonaldTrump Wrong answer again Geraldo, go back in Capone's vault and find a better lie.— Essential Worker 🌊🇺🇲💙🍑✊💚 (@Essential Worker 🌊🇺🇲💙🍑✊💚) 1595419931.0