Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera said that he would have “punched” the brazen, brassy, Jewish guy who recently confronted New York mayoral candidate and former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Rivera appeared on The O’Reilly Factor with host Bill O’Reilly on Thursday night, as they discussed the Weiner situation in detail, where Rivera boldly declared that Weiner’s boorish heckler was definitely out of line.
Now as O’Reilly pointed out to Rivera, due to Weiner’s sordid, “sexting,” untruthful past, there are many who will not defend him under any circumstances—believing that whatever Weiner receives from the bad karma gods he has earned, including the lashing that he faced courtesy of this angry detractor.
But, is Rivera right? Is Weiner a genuine victim on this particular occasion? And, does anyone deserve to be attacked on such a personal level—the way that this angry man attacked Weiner regardless of Weiner’s past transgressions?
On Wednesday, Weiner was exiting a bakery in Brooklyn, N.Y., when a man yelled loudly at him. The man said:
“You’re a real scumbag, Anthony!”
In fact, if you listen closely to the exchange, you can hear the angry man call Weiner a “white-collar, welfare recipient” first, which actually initiates and foreshadows the entire event.
Then this angry guy goes even further and says to Weiner:
“You’re married to an Arab! You’re disgusting!”
Weiner fired back and said:
“You wait until I walk out until you say anything—that’s courage.”
The angry man responded and said:
“We’ll have a discussion. Come back in here. I’m not afraid of you! You did disgusting things. You have the nerve to even walk around in public, and you’re disgusting!”
“You talked to God and you worked out your problems, but stay out of the public eye. You’re a bad example for the people. Your behavior is deviant.”
“It’s immoral. Think about your wife, right. How could you take the person the most closest to you, who trusts you, who trusts you and betray her?”
Now Weiner told this loose cannon that he was not God and had no right to judge him. Weiner told him to go visit with his Rabbi.
“That’s why we have elections. That’s not up to you. You’re trying to judge me, because you obviously believe that you are superior. Well you are not! Ask your Rabbi who gets to judge me.”
So is Geraldo Rivera right in saying that if he had been in Weiner’s position he would have clocked the guy?
Question number one; what gives this heckler the right to purposely imply that Weiner’s choice to be “married to an Arab” helps to contribute to his overall disgustingness? That might deserve a punch!
Question number two; should Weiner be banished to the valley of the lewd, sexting, tweeting lepers? The guy told Weiner that he has “the nerve to walk around in public.” Then he demands that Weiner “stay out of the public eye.” Now that probably doesn’t deserve a punch, but Weiner rebutted the baseless demands well without a right hook.
In all honesty, with the staggering number of people who look just like this angry, confrontational man/heckler who spend countless hours surfing the Internet for pornography and enjoying or participating in many of the acts that he was ransacking Weiner for, it all begins to seem like things become a lot more “disgusting” once the act is out of the proverbial closet and no longer privately in front of the computer or the smartphone, but out and in front of the entire world!
Now Rivera, in all likelihood, would not have actually punched this angry heckler, and he almost certainly would not have advised a public figure like Weiner to punch some loud talking stranger in front of the many cameras that were rolling at the time.
That wouldn’t have worked out very well for someone like an Anthony Weiner whose reputation is certainly not sparkling with credibility nowadays.
What Rivera probably meant was that the over-the-top, rhetorical attack on things in Weiner’s personal life, things like his marriage "to an Arab," is more than deserving of a punch right in the kisser.
But as Bill O’Reilly told Rivera: why bother punching the guy, when you know that he can’t wait to sue you?
Rivera closed by saying that he believes that this brave stand by Weiner in the face of adversity will catapult him back into the race for mayor, but O'Reilly is still convinced that Weiner's political chances remain impotent.