Fox News star Sean Hannity and contributor Dan Bongino snapped when guest Geraldo Rivera defended illegal immigration — and the Monday segment erupted into a screaming match when Geraldo refused to back down.
Hannity invited his guests to comment on the death of a Tennessee firefighter’s son, Pierce Kennedy Corcoran, who was reportedly killed by 44-year-old illegal immigrant Franco Cambrany Francisco-Eduard in a head-on car accident on Dec. 29.
Francisco-Eduard allegedly swerved into oncoming traffic to cause the accident, and police have charged him with criminally negligent homicide and driving without a license or insurance. He is currently in ICE custody, Fox News reports.
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Corcoran’s parents appeared on Hannity’s show Monday to talk about border security, and said their young son’s death could have been prevented.
Bongino and Rivera’s appearance on the show followed the grieving parents — and Rivera did not like what Hannity had to say.
“Their son is dead,” Hannity told Rivera when he expressed support for illegal immigrants. “Or the people that also aid and abet these people with their sanctuary cities and sanctuary states, criminal aliens in our custody that are not handed over to ICE. You always say it’s about both parties, it’s not!”
“It’s about one party now that refuses to protect the American people,” Hannity said. “And, I didn’t even mention drugs and I didn’t mention human trafficking.”
Geraldo extended his condolences to the family, but said it’s not important that the alleged killer of their son is an illegal immigrant.
“I would feel equally upset and pained by their tragedy were the killer Irish or Italian or Puerto Rican or Jewish, or old or young. I think that to use these tragedies to try to make a political point is not useful at this point,” Geraldo said.
“Geraldo stop it! He’s a dead 22-year-old kid. Stop! Wait a minute!” Hannity interrupted. “We have a dead police officer who has a 5-month-old kid. It’s not using, it’s about whether this government is going to protect them,” Hannity continued, referencing the death of officer Ronil Singh in California earlier this week.
Geraldo began yelling that it was unfair to use deaths caused by illegal immigrants to make a political point — and Hannity snapped.
“Geraldo! Protect the border!” he yelled.
“If you started by saying, we have agreements about the wall — the barrier, the fence, whatever you call it — I think that this is now a political discussion<‘ Geraldo said. “This is what the president has earned by his election and perseverance. He’s earned the wall.”
“This is fascinating… Geraldo, you are making a political point, too!” Bongino said. “I mean you are sitting here talking about all the positive components of immigration, and when Sean brings up one of the unbelievably — not even negative but tragic — horrific components of illegal immigration, the death of American citizens through crime by people who had no right to be here at all… all of a sudden it’s a political point!?”
Geraldo insisted that illegal immigrants commit less crimes than legal American citizens (despite the fact that by entering the country illegally they’ve committed a crime).
“They should not be here!” Bongino yelled.
You can see the explosive segment here.
Warning: This is loud.
— The Horn editorial team