May 25, 2022

Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera slams Canadian freedom convoy protestors as “thuggish.”

Fox News is just beginning to rebuild the trust viewers lost in the network after the 2020 presidential election. However, one host is about to undo all of that.

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera called the people orchestrating the massive Canadian “Freedom Convoy” trucker protest “thuggish” and urged viewers not to “give these guys the mantle of freedom fighters,” Breitbart reported. This protest against mask and vaccine mandates has already yielded positive results making Rivera’s statements controversial and damaging to the network.

“One man’s freedom is another man’s oppression,” Rivera said on the network’s “The Story” Wednesday. “Their behavior has been nothing short of thuggish in Ottawa. They kept people in the neighborhood awake all night, revving their engines, blowing their horns,” he claimed.

“They’ve deprived Ottawa of business, of tens of millions of dollars, now they’re blockading the international bridges,” Rivera continued. “They’re laying off people, cutting their shifts short in automotive assembly plants because they can’t get the parts from Canada to the United States,” Rivera added pointing out that the truckers are resisting police efforts to have vehicles in the blockade towed away.

“They told tow truck drivers that they’ll remember them when this is over, a clear intimidation tactic,” Rivera charged. “To give these guys the mantle of freedom fighters is absolutely appallingly naïve.”

Though the vast majority of protesters have been patriotic and peaceful, Rivera asserted that they’re displaying “Confederate flags and Swastikas.” This is a charge typically leveled by leftists who find the stragglers with such symbols, but Rivera made these claims on Fox.

The network suffered a devastating hit to its ratings after the 2020 presidential election for many reasons, including calling Arizona for President Joe Biden early in the evening, the Washington Post reported. Many had switched to outlets like Newsmax as their new trusted source after that.

Rivera should acknowledge that authorities are rolling back restrictions in many places thanks to the truckers. The point of a protest is to cause enough disruption to get the attention of those in charge even if Rivera doesn’t like it.

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