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On Tuesday, the verdict came in in Donald Trump’s sexual battery case. The Manhattan jury in the civil case pressed by writer E. Jean Carroll found the former president liable for sexual battery and defamation and awarded Carroll $5 million, although jurors did not find she presented enough evidence to prove her rape case.
What the verdict means going forward, of course, is going to be a matter of vigorous debate. And when I think of someone I want elucidating the left side of that debate, among the names that very much does not come up is Geraldo Rivera of Fox News.
But because this is the new Fox News — where Rivera’s knee-jerk, self-important, uninformed leftism is perfectly welcome as a rotating co-host of “The Five,” but Tucker Carlson is being paid millions to fly-fish instead of host a show — that’s exactly what we got after the verdict was announced, along with Trump supporter Leo Terrell for the right.
Suffice it to say that Rivera got torched.
Rivera’s case for the importance of the Carroll verdict was as follows: “A woman in New York, or a New York jury, has found you liable for doing it,” Rivera said. “Can you imagine being that finger in your face? Is it this — this pales in comparison to a, you know, politically charged Disneyland [sic] that the president can level at DeSantis. This is very, very serious. To minimalize a charge of sexual battery in this day and age, I think that you’re, uh, uh, being naïve.”
What he said.
Geraldo’s arguments, such as they were, relied on two points: 1) sexual battery is an imposing charge “in this day and age” and 2) isn’t this historic and won’t it torpedo Trump’s 2024 nomination?
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