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Trump grants pardons to 26 people including Paul Manafort, Roger Stone
President Trump has granted pardons to 26 people including Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and many other allies.
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Geraldo Rivera, an ally of Donald Trump who has often defended the president and assailed his critics, said on social media that Trump has “behaved like an entitled frat boy” since his loss to President-elect Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election.
Since his defeat by more than 7 million votes, Trump has refused to concede and has continued to insist the election was “stolen” from him, even as his dozens of legal challenges are thrown out of court and his purported evidence of widespread fraud crumbles under the slightest scrutiny.
“For almost 4 years I’ve supported @realDonaldTrump who was assailed by leftist creeps who conjured the Russia Hoax to wreck his presidency. Nevertheless he prevailed. Sadly he lost a bitterly contested election,” Rivera tweeted Saturday. “However since he has behaved like an entitled frat boy.”
Rivera also bashed attorney Sidney Powell, who has made outlandish claims, without evidence, of a conspiracy involving a range of actors, including the CIA, “thousands” of election workers, Republican officials, electronic voting systems, Chinese communists and deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
“Sidney Powell is a pathetic lawyer who among others is working to destroy the legacy of @realDonaldTrump,” Rivera tweeted of the woman whom Trump reportedly floated as a potential special counsel to investigate his election fraud claims.
Though the Fox News regular claimed Trump’s legal efforts to overturn the results maintained a “glimmer of hope” as late as Nov. 17, Saturday’s tweets were far from Rivera’s first public pleas for Trump to accept the election results.
On Nov. 19, Rivera told Trump it was “time to say adiós.”
“You fought the good fight, now, as the Constitution demands, it’s time for 46,” tweeted Rivera, a former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant, on Nov. 23.
On Dec. 15, Rivera said Trump “should be considered the most successful one-term president ever. But he must end the ambiguity. He lost. It’s over. Celebrate the vaccine and everything else he’s done. Wait til next time. But leave for now.”
In response to Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward’s suggestion that Trump “cross the Rubicon” – a reference to the moment Julius Caesar decided to overthrow the Roman Republic and install himself as dictator – Rivera tweeted, “Time to stop playing around with the Constitution. Biden won. Trump lost. Stop acting like spoiled brats. Or worse, the lunatic fringe. Enough. Basta.”
“It’s really up to you to recognize reality,” Rivera told Trump in a Dec. 22 tweet. “You’re a winner – Father of Vaccines – Now be a gracious former president, honor the constitutional process.”