- The Washington Times - Friday, October 26, 2018

Geraldo Rivera is walking back comments he made this week suggesting the rash of bomb threats to high-profile Democrats may have been an “elaborate hoax” meant to “embarrass President Trump” ahead of the midterm elections.

“At the risk of sounding like a far right-wing lunatic, I have to say that I believe that this whole thing was an elaborate hoax,” Mr. Rivera said Thursday on Fox Business Network. “I believe that those bombs were never intended to explode. I think those bombs were intended to further divide the American people.”

He went on to say it was “entirely plausible” that the person responsible was “someone who wanted to embarrass President Trump” or “somebody who wanted to affect American political life. It could have been a Russian invention.”

Mr. Rivera doubled down on the theory on Twitter, asking why a “rabid” supporter of Mr. Trump would choose right before the midterm elections to commit such a crime.

Federal authorities on Friday arrested Cesar Sayoc, 56, in Plantation, Florida, in connection to the suspected explosive packages sent to multiple high-profile Democrats this week, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Mr. Rivera took back his comments upon the news of Mr. Sayoc’s arrest, saying he “outsmarted himself.”

He also argued that Mr. Trump didn’t deserve any of the blame for Mr. Sayoc’s actions.

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