Fox News host Geraldo Rivera said Friday that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's "ship had sailed" on being nominated to become secretary of state once two moderate female senators "joined the angry old white men" determined to block her.
Rivera said Rice fell victim to Washington's "attack culture" and wasn't being properly defended by the Obama administration because she hadn't been formally nominated yet.
"The coup de grace came when the two northeastern moderate Republicans, Susan Collins and Kelly Ayotte, joined the angry old white men, Graham and McCain, and then it couldn’t be a male-female issue against this poor beleaguered black woman,” Rivera said on Fox News' "Fox & Friends."
"You don't believe that," co-host Brian Kilmeade said.
Co-host Gretchen Carlson repeated, "angry old white men?"
“Speaking expansively and metaphorically and for effect here," Rivera said. "But it became clear she couldn't be the beleaguered damsel in distress, the poor embattled black ambassador.
He said Rice was "the minimum price to pay for the administration’s dissembling on the facts and circumstances on the Benghazi attacks."
"In Washington you make minimum prices, she's the sacrificial lamb," Rivera said.
Rice came under harsh criticism and scrutiny, primarily from Republicans, over her initial explanation that the deadly terror assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya was in response to an anti-Islam video posted online. The attack, which killed four Americans, was later labeled a terrorist attack.
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