Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera slammed his own party on Tuesday in a wild interview with Sean Hannity calling the Republican Party “the party of child abuse.”
“The Democrats have a deal, a DACA fix, and a fix on separation for kids. [Senate Minority Leader Charles] Schumer’s answer is no. Why? Because he wants it for politics. They’re playing politics. Fix the law and do your job. That’s it,” Fox News host Sean Hannity, referring to an Obama-era program protecting young immigrants, said in introducing an interview with Rivera.
“This is cruelty as policy. This is an obscenity,” Rivera responded.
“This is the government of the United States and the president that we both love advocating a system by which young children are torn from their mothers,” Rivera continued. “History will judge us, Sean. … We must take a stand on something.”
“I agree. Here’s where we draw the line. I want no separation. The president and you supported him, offered a DACA fix and a fix on this law, as horrible as it is, immediately he’ll sign it,” Hannity replied.
“No matter what the president has done or will say, this is the only thing people are thinking about,” Rivera said.
“It can be fixed tomorrow,” Hannity insisted.
“Twenty-three hundred children have been torn from their parents forcibly,” an emotional Rivera shot back. “These are little babies, 18 months old. These are 10-year-olds with disabilities taken from their parents. This is impossible. We can’t condone this. The Republicans are the party of faith and family.”
“When did we become the party of child abuse?” Rivera added in disbelief.
Hannity then asked Rivera if he supported an “emergency session of Congress, take the DACA, take the separation fix, take the funding of the wall, and both houses do their job and the president signs it. It can happen tomorrow.”
“I agree. But before tomorrow, tonight, the president should end this policy,” Rivera said.
“You aren’t answering the question,” Hannity pressed.
“I do not condone child abuse,” Rivera explained.
“Don’t play politics. You can’t be that naive,” the host retorted.
“There are 2,300 babies without their mother tonight,” Rivera noted.
“Congress should do their job,” Hannity replied.
Take a look at the interview in the video clip below: