During a heated panel on Fox News’ Hannity, Charles Payne and Geraldo Rivera got into a screaming match over Joe Biden’s trip to Ukraine. Payne blasted Biden for the theatrics of his visit, specifically the air raid sirens that were blaring through the streets as Zelensky walked with Biden. A CNN ground reporter in Kyiv confirmed that the sirens were there for dramatic effect, saying that there had not been explosions or sirens going off in the city for several days, but that the sirens blared only when Biden arrived.
“Air raid sirens hadn’t gone off in that city in 5 days it was phony Hollywood junk!,” Charles Payne exclaimed.
“I absolutely disagree I think that that is a little partisan jab that you didn’t have to make,” Geraldo said, clearly triggered that someone would criticize his President.
“No! they didn’t need the air raid sirens. Russia was notified that Biden was coming. Do you think Russia was going to drop a bomb on president Biden?!” Payne fired back
“Russia was NOT notified!” Geraldo falsely claimed.
— Clayton Keirns (@CKeirns) February 24, 2023
Payne hilariously reacted to the post on Twitter, saying he should switch to decaf coffee:
I think I'm switching to decaffeinated coffee https://t.co/xzKGBLBqJg
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) February 23, 2023
Before the segment ended, Geraldo went on an adoring rant of Biden, calling him the “commander in chief”. He argued that it is Biden’s “duty” to keep us safe, and that his presence in Ukraine achieved that.
Hannity butted in, saying Biden should be in East Palestine, Ohio. The crowd roared with cheers and applause when Biden delivered the line.