“If Pamela Geller, if you put ‘Jew’ in there or ‘Irish’ in there or ‘black’ in there, any other groups, she would not be given the tolerance to spew her hateful rhetoric,” he continued. Naturally, the Fox & Friends hosts disagreed, trotting out the argument that, of course, such speech never justifies being targeted with violence.
Rivera agreed that the terroristic response is terrible — the two gunmen “got exactly what they deserved,” he said — but that hateful people like Geller need to be shunned for their instigative speech.
Of course, Steve Doocy replied that Christians are “often targets” of negative speech in America, but no violence is returned. And Rivera replied: “That’s nothing like this organized campaign to incite, to insult…. [A]nd it is bad for the Jews. It makes us look like we are all as hateful as Pamela Geller. She plays right into their propaganda. It is absolutely appalling. And every time I see her on television, I want to take a shower.”