Fox News Host Geraldo Rivera tore into fellow Fox News personality Eric Bolling Monday over Bolling’s recent “slanderous” comments about whether the post-Benghazi investigations would be different if first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama had been killed in the attack.
Bolling’s original comment came Friday, when he asked on his Fox show if “If it was Malia or Sasha or if it was Chelsea Clinton in Benghazi pinned down with mortars coming in, and there’s a five hour difference between when they first learned—when the email came out that said Benghazi under fire—or four hour difference between when Obama met with Panetta and Biden—between then and the time that one of those precious children were injured or killed, don’t you think we’d be asking different questions right now?”
Rivera lashed out at Bolling over the comments Monday, which he called “outrageous, slanderous.”
RIVERA: I think it is unbelievable that you went that far.
RIVERA: Because to bring a man’s daughters in—it just continues a slanderous angle that helps nobody. I got tears in my eyes because I love you.
Bolling’s remarks are the latest in a series of attacks from right-wing media personalities in recent months. Earlier this month, Fox’s Andrea Tantaros wondered whether Obama’s elder daughter, Malia, had plans to go on birth control on her radio show. After insisting she doesn’t talk about the first daughters, Tantaros said, “I’m just wondering, at 15-years-old, is the Obama daughter, Malia, going to go on birth control? Are they gonna put her on birth control? Because he’s very concerned with the contraceptives and pharmaceuticals that are going in the mouths of everybody else’s 15-year-old daughter.”
In March, Iowa Congressman Steve King joined the right-wing chorus of complaints over Sasha and Malia’s spring break trip, saying their visit to an “expensive” destination was the wrong image to be coming out of the White House.
The NRA kicked off 2013 with an ad that referenced the Obama daughters, attempting to peg the president not wanting armed guards in every school in the country despite his daughters enjoying secret service protection.
As far back as 2010, right-wing pundits including Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh mocked then 11-year-old Malia Obama for asking the president about the Gulf oil spill. Beck eventually apologized. Limbaugh didn’t.