Geraldo Rivera Backs President Trump, Sends Direct On-Air Message Blasting NFL Protesters

President Donald Trump lit into the NFL’s protesters once again after Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon took a knee while a military hero sang the national anthem on Thanksgiving Day.

In a Friday appearance on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Geraldo Rivera, according to Western Journalism, appeared to side with President Donald Trump on an issue that has caused controversy since it began: that of the NFL protests.


The protests — done by NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to speak out against purported police brutality — was once again brought up by Trump on Friday in a Tweet.

“Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players. The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss!” Trump’s Tweet read.


And Rivera seemed to share a similar opinion to the president when asked by “Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth for his opinion on what the NFL protest issue means to Trump.

“The president senses that he’s on the right side of history,” Rivera said. “And he’s with the majority of Americans.”

Rivera contended that “you can’t say that about many, or too many other issues. But on this one, I think, people just get the sense, you know, ‘give it a rest.’”

“The world is not perfect,” Rivera continued. “We have plenty of issues — that’s what I was trying to tweet out yesterday. Let’s put all of these divisions aside. Let’s just enjoy your family. Enjoy the meal. Enjoy freedom.”

Rivera advised viewers to “Enjoy just the ability to have a conversation across the table with someone that you love or, you know, someone who holds a different political viewpoint than you do.”

“Just cool it everybody,” he said. “Just chill.”

Regarding the NFL protest issue, Rivera added, “That’s why when I saw that one player — the Giant defensive player there — kneeling. I said, ‘Now, what the heck, I mean, c’mon.’”

“‘Can’t you even on this day, on this day, can’t we all be united?’” he asked.

Rivera was referring to New York Giants defensive end Oliver Vernon, who knelt during the national anthem prior to Thursday night’s NFL game against the Washington Redskins, according to the Washington Examiner.

After noting that there are “plenty of things that divide” Americans, Rivera said, “whatever your issue is, today of all days, just cool down.”

Rivera concluded with a good-news/bad-news perspective on the issue.

“When you look at the bad news, the one guy protesting,” he said, “the good news is that he was the only one protesting, as far as we know.”


Oliver Vernon, defensive end for the New York Giants, took a knee during the national anthem prior to the Thursday night Thanksgiving football game against the Washington Redskins. Vernon has knelt since the beginning of the NFL season and was among several NFL players to kneel during the anthem last week.