Geraldo says Rush Limbaugh's 'reckless' and 'irresponsible' talk of secession is treason

Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera appeared Thursday on The Story With Martha MacCallum where he slammed conservative radio giant Rush Limbaugh. On his radio show on Wednesday, Limbaugh said that the country is trending toward secession.

“I actually think that we’re trending toward secession,” Limbaugh said. “I see more and more people asking, ‘What in the world do we have in common with the people who live in, say, New York?’” He added, “There cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life, theories of government, theories of how we manage our affairs. We can’t be in this dire a conflict without something giving somewhere along the way. So I know that there is a sizable and growing sentiment for people who believe that that is where we’re headed whether we want to go there or not.”

And Rivera did not mince words when he addressed those remarks.

“I think talk of secession is treason,” Rivera said. “I want to be very clear, Rush Limbaugh is a powerhouse broadcaster, he’s one in a zillion. They come along once in a generation, but that talk is reckless, it’s irresponsible.”

Rivera, whose wife, Erica, is a Democrat, went on to point out that though he backs President Trump, his political views run the spectrum of American politics.

“I live in Ohio, red state. I strongly supported President Trump, but I’m also pro-gun control, pro-immigration reform, I’m pro-choice,” Rivera said. “Leaders who accentuate the differences and exacerbate the divide are themselves responsible.”

On Thursday, after Limbaugh’s comments went viral and he caught a lot of heat, he walked back his statements by saying he was only relaying the speculation of others. He also said that he was not and does not advocate secession. But that didn’t stop Rivera from poking a hole in one of the reasons Limbaugh gave for why he thought secession was possible in the first place.

“I had a laugh,” Rivera said. “Rush goes on to say that people where he is have no idea what people in New York are thinking. They’re so different, they’re like a different species. Half of New York lives in Florida where Rush Limbaugh lives. It’s preposterous. Let’s get over it.”

The Story With Martha MacCallum airs weeknights at 7 p.m. on Fox News Channel.

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