A heated argument broke out on Fox News' Hannity Tuesday night when guests Dan Bongino and Geraldo Rivera came on the show to discuss Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) Jan. 6 select committee hearing that took place early Tuesday.
The segment started with host Sean Hannity asking Gerardo Rivera a set of questions which included, "We now have videotape showing that people pre-positioned weapons around Washington DC, evidence that this has been planned by some people. Are they going to get that question answered? Can they answer why was the Capitol police chief denied six times when he asked for assistance both before this even began and as it was happening? Can they explain why they didn't anticipate potential problems? And what role would Nancy Pelosi the Sergeant at arms have in preparing for such moments."
Rivera's response caught Hannity and Bongino off-guard when he decided to accuse Hannity of gaslighting the public. He then accused former President Donald Trump of inciting the riot at the US Capitol instead of answering Hannity's questions.
"I think you've been, with all due respect and I love you, gaslighting changing the subject. The subject is January 6. And what happened to the United States Capitol and why it happened. Those two things," Geraldo said. "The fact that the Capitol was targeted and that the prime instigator, the one who unleashed the mob, was the President of the United States," Rivera said.
Hannity fired back at Rivera and defended former President Donald Trump's speech on Jan. 6, explaining that Trump said "many of you will now peacefully and patriotically March to the Capitol so your voices will be heard."
"Now you say that I'm changing the subject. I am saying that a riot is a riot and if it's wrong on January 6, as I believe it is—the 574 riots that took place that Democrats are silent about, why isn't there a commission on that? We lost 25 people. Thousands of cops were injured. Police stations burned to the ground, businesses, looted, and burned to the ground. And we've barely heard a peep out of them. I think a riot is a riot, Geraldo," Hannity expressed.
Fox News host Dan Bongino weighed in, saying that Gerardo's claims about Trump inciting a riot were false, and that again, Trump told his supporters to "go march to the Capitol peacefully and patriotically."
"I don't know where you get, why you're just making that up. I mean, I don't understand. The narrative goes back and forth between this was a planned insurrection to then Trump incited an insurrection. Despite the fact that Trump said go March peacefully and patriotically," Bongino continued.
"Let me say it again. Any violence against law enforcement, I absolutely, in unequivocal terms, condemn. Everybody got that crystal clear. I was a cop, no excuses, but you and I find out tomorrow. The Democrats don't seem remotely interested in the insurrection that happened in the White House during the BLM riots. My secret service friends were texting me saying, 'You have no idea how bad it's getting here,'" Bongino added, firing back at Rivera.