Geraldo Rivera knows all about making foolish assumptions resulting in massive public humiliation. Gerald learned about a “secret vault” located in the Lexington Hotel once owned by Al Capone. Geraldo was desperate to resurrect a failing career. He had been fired by ABC in 1985 after he criticized the network for cancelling a report regarding the alleged affair between John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. The fact that the affair was actually true was irrelevant. Anyone who dared hint at criticizing John F. Kennedy had no future working for any network.
So Geraldo signed on to host a major TV special called “The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults”. It was a two hour special broadcast on April 21, 1986. After a massive build up, including arranging for a medical examiner in case they found bodies and agents from the IRS in case they found money, Gerald breathless reported on the opening of the Vault on live television. They didn’t find any bodies or any money. The found mostly dirt and some empty bottles. After several attempts to dig a bigger hole by trying to go further into the vault, Gerald finally admitted defeat and apologized to the viewers. Incredibly 30 million people were watching as Geraldo said: “Looks like we struck out.”
On April 20, 2016 Geraldo talked about this on “The Five” on Fox News. He admitted he went right across the street, drank himself silly, then went back to his hotel room and put a “Do not disturb” sign on the door. He described it as “tequila drunk.” He blamed this: “All because of a silly, high-concept stunt that failed to deliver on its titillating promise.”
That public humiliation will pale in comparison to what awaits the Democratic Party. The problem is that what Trump did was actually quite reasonable under the circumstances. That would be bad enough, but what makes this worse is that Democrats did far worse. In addition to the corruption of the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, Senators Robert Menendez, Dick Durbin and Patrick Leahy wrote a letter to the Ukraine. Here is a copy of that letter:
In other words, these Senators did the same thing they falsely accuse Trump of doing. They asked a foreign government to investigate a U.S. President. If Donald Trump should be impeached, shouldn’t a United States Senator who did this be impeached? My favorite line is: “we believe that our cooperation should extend to such legal matters, REGARDLESS OF POLITICS.” They should have added, as long as you are investigating Donald Trump and not a Democrat like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden. They are the ones who put politics in this. We “are disappointed that some in Kjiv appear to have cast aside these principles in order to avoid the ire of President Trump.”
This time, when Democrats open the “Impeachment Vault” they will not just find an empty room. They already achieved that with the Mueller Report. No, this time when they do break through and really open that vault, they are going to be greeted with an explosion that has the potential to destroy the Democratic Party. Odds are, they will still be too distracted by pure hate to notice and will just keep on digging, ultimately finding more bodies, all directly linked to prominent Democrats.
Another difference is that this time a lot more than 30 million people will be watching and the people putting on this show will be too stupid to at least follow Geraldo’s lead, admit their mistake and apologize. They are far more likely to double down on stupidity and compound the error.