“Mark my words, with this number, we are going to make dance great again,” Rivera quips as he dances the salsa in a blond wig and fake tan
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Monday’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars”)
As a contestant on “Celebrity Apprentice,” Geraldo Rivera was eventually fired by Donald Trump — and now the journalist and TV host had the opportunity to mimic the GOP frontrunner in front of millions of viewers on “Dancing With the Stars.”
In an ironic move that was no doubt a sly dig at Trump’s controversial comments about Mexico, Geraldo dressed up as Trump for the ABC dance contest’s Latin night on Monday.
“We’re doing a parody of Donald Trump,” Rivera revealed while rehearsing the salsa. “I’m a Latino — that is one thing Trump is not.
“I’ve known Donald Trump since 1974, he’s a friend of mine and I think he is going to get a kick out of this,” the reality show contestant went on to explain.
When asked by partner Edyta Śliwińska what he was going to do to “channel the inner Trump,” Rivera, whose father was Puerto Rican, replied: “The lips, the squinty eyes … we’re going to deliver the flash and bang to really get b
“Mark my words, with this number, we are going to make dance great again,” Rivera quipped, as he sat behind a mock Oval Office desk on stage ad Śliwińska — looking remarkably like Melania Trump in a long fur coat — slinked up and whisked him off his feet.
“Unfortunately, you did not make ‘dance great again,'” judge Carrie Ann Inaba critiqued. “But you did make me laugh … the shirt had a lot to do with the entertainment value.”
Len Goodman described the performance as “Trumpery,” while praising Geraldo’s sense of fun, and Bruno Tonioli called it “impressive, for all the wrong reasons.”
Scores for Season 22’s long-shot contestant were far less impressive than the presidential candidate’s currents polling numbers — but no one could criticize his Trump-like blond wig, fake tan and cheesy smile.
Ironically, Rivera is not the only Trump connection on this season, as Donald’s former wife, Marla Maples, is one of the current frontrunners.
See videos of Rivera’s Trump-esque dance below.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC