Rivera’s metaphor went down badly with the Fox & Friends hosts. In response, Brian Kilmeade parroted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claim from Friday morning that the strike was ordered to disrupt an unspecified “imminent attack,” which Pompeo claimed had been uncovered by U.S. intelligence and was being orchestrated by Soleimani.
Rivera responded sarcastically: “Yeah, the U.S. intelligence has been excellent since 2003 when we invaded Iraq, disrupted the entire region, for no real reason.” Turning to Kilmeade, Rivera added: “Don’t for a minute start cheering this on. You, like Lindsey Graham, have never met a war you didn’t like.”
Kilmeade snapped back: “That is not true. Do not even say that.” The host added that he certainly will “cheer on” Soleimani’s death.
But the argument only spiraled from there. Kilmeade went on to accuse Rivera of “making excuses for Iran”—a comment which sparked Rivera to slam his desk and shout: “DAMN IT! I’m not making excuses for them! That’s absolute baloney!”