‘How dare you’: Leo Terrell explodes on ‘Dem talking points’ blaming Trump for violence
Two of President Donald Trump’s staunchest defenders sparred over the Democrats’ talking points regarding Trump’s role in Wednesday’s riot.
Appearing with Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer, veteran journalist Geraldo Rivera argued that Trump “incited” the “grotesque attack” on the Capitol.
“He bears responsibility, and as his friend, I am deeply ashamed for him, and for all of us. I think what happened was appalling,” said Rivera.
Referencing the four people who died during the riot – one woman shot by Capitol police and three others who succumbed to medical “emergencies” – Rivera added, “That blood is on the hands of the president, Don (Trump) Jr. and Rudy Guiliani, and all those who helped inspire and incite that mob and sent them to the Capitol building.”
He added that Trump had to calm the nation and overcome his “reckless narcissism” that made Wednesday’s violence a “preview” of what could come.
For his part, Leo Terrell was having none of it.
“How dare you, Geraldo,” Terrell shot back. “That sounds like Democratic talking points.”
Terrell unloaded on President-elect Joe Biden, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and other liberals for serving up “Democratic Kool-aid.”
“He did not order those individuals to go down there,” said Terrell.
“They are using this for Democratic talking points,” he added. “All President Trump did … was to express his disappointment,” and told people to go down there and do likewise.
“That is not a criminal act,” said Terrell. “Donald Trump never recommended, suggested or told those people to go in and break into the Capitol building,” he added.
Instead, he argued, “There were criminals who invaded the Capitol building and they should be prosecuted.”
Terrell also called it “very offensive” when Rivera accused Trump, Don Jr. and Guiliani of having “targeted” the Capitol.
Terrell also lashed out at Biden for playing the “race card.”
In comments on Thursday, Biden condemned not only the rioters but also seemed to criticize police for being too deferential to them, despite the fact that a Capitol police officer shot and killed one protester.
“No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol,” he said. “We all know that’s true. And it is unacceptable. Totally unacceptable. The American people saw it in plain view.”
Former first lady Michelle Obama did the same, saying that “seeing the gulf between the responses to yesterday’s riot and this summer’s peaceful protests and the larger movement for racial justice is so painful.”
But as Terrell pointed out in his appearance on Fox, “the Democrats sat on their hands during the summer when rioters destroyed Democratic cities.”
“Last year,” he added, “Muriel Bowser opened the door to Black Lives Matter and let them destroy the city without prosecution.”