Geraldo Rivera got into it with cohost Jesse Watters after he blamed the federal COVID vaccine requirements as the cause of the recent Southwest Airlines snafus – and neither cohost said a word about the even stricter vaccine policy at Fox News.
Watters' comments before Rivera spoke are not in the video below. But you can see in the transcript that Watters said, “The Southwest CEO actually admitted that [the vaccine mandate is] something that they’re dealing with. He doesn’t even want to do the vax mandates. He told CNBC, he’s doing it because of the Biden administration mandate.”
Watters forgot to mention that Southwest CEO Gary Kelly also told CNBC that the vaccine mandates had “zero” to do with the delays.
After giving a shoutout to a pilot who refused to get vaccinated because, Watters said, “many of these vaccines, they include fetal tissue from the unborn” (which is false), Watters went on to support Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent ban on vaccine mandates. Watters called federal vaccine mandates “not right” - without a peep of complaint about the more-stringent vaccine policy at Fox News.
Watters added, “Eventually you’re going to lose 10% of the workforce across the board on all union jobs, and that’s not returning to normal.” He didn’t mention if there were any widespread resignations at Fox because of its vaccine policy.
Cohost Rivera made a theatrical defense of mandates. But he, too, said not a word about the situation at Fox.
“I absolutely disagree with Jesse’s tone and his anger,” Rivera began.
Predictably, that got a rise from Watters: “My tone? You take issue with my tone?”
“I believe that mandates exist for a reason,” Rivera continued. “The Supreme Court, in a 1905 decision, made very clear, unless this court reverses over a century of precedent, the federal government has the constitutional right to impose a mandate.”
“I misread nothing,” Rivera shot back, to another round of insistences otherwise from Watters.
Rivera moved on to rip Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) for having tweeted that a crowd of stranded Southwest passengers “makes me happier than I can possibly articulate.”
RIVERA: This guy is an ideological lunatic. He said when he looked at the crowd of people who could not get on their Southwest flights because they were cancelled and so forth, "This makes me happier than I can possibly articulate. Eat it, Southwest Airlines." This is a guy getting almost sexual pleasure from the chaos and the destruction --
WATTERS: He's not getting sexual pleasure, Geraldo. You're sick!
RIVERA: -- the chaos and the disruption --
WATTERS: To make this this sexual, you're a sick man.
RIVERA: Congressman Roy, I challenge you. What did you mean when you said "eat it" to Southwest Airlines when you saw those people suffering?
Watters, who seems to care more about attacking vaccine mandates than the plight of stranded passengers, said condescendingly, “Okay, Geraldo,” to end the discussion.
You can watch it below, from the October 12, 2021 The Five.
finally, some common sense talk on Fox news.— PoliticsVideoChannel (@politvidchannel) October 12, 2021
Thank you, Geraldo Rivera.pic.twitter.com/5Rn9dzUtBN
Spot on, truman. It’s the context that counts and Geraldo wouldn’t sound half as smart with mental averages, let alone mental giants.
Whorealdo sounds like a frigging genius when he verbally engages mental midgets like Butt Boy Jesse.
I’ve really had it with the anti-vaxx people who are listening to these idiots and who – by doing so – are placing both themselves and others at risk of suffering, even death.
Yesterday, a group of us walked out of a restaurant where the manager said he wouldn’t be complying with the law calling for verification of clients’ vaccination papers. And a couple of us made an awful lot of noise about it. Others who hadn’t yet placed an order got up and followed us.
The “Green Pass” confirming our vaccination status is required, as of today, to enter a workplace, eat inside at a restaurant or go to a concert etc. It is a QR code that can be verified in 10 seconds using an app that anybody can install on a cellphone. I’m useless when it comes to apps but even I managed to do it.
A sop to the anti-vaxx folks allows them to use testing instead of the vaccine but their passes are valid only for 48 hours; meaning they will have to undergo two nasal swabs per week at a cost of €30.00. I hope the government sticks to its guns and refuses to cover that cost because these people are silly, selfish fools who need to wake up and act like adults.
As I said, I’m fed up to the gills with these idiots.