The journalist imagined a world in which President Trump was in the White House along with first lady Melania (played by his pro pro Edyta Sliwinska) – with Rivera vowing to “make dance great again.”
“He is a friend of mine, despite all the controversy,” Rivera said in a rehearsal package. “I think he’s going to get a kick out of all of this.”
The judges were gentle with their criticism, but were not particularly impressed with Rivera, who was hoping to redeem himself after ending up in the bottom of the rankings last week.
“Unfortunately you did not make dance great again, but you did make me laugh,” said Carrie Ann Inaba.
Added Len Goodman: “What I like, you’re the sort of person I think is great on Dancing with the Stars. No dance background, but you come out here and you give it your best shot. So Geraldo, I salute you.”
Rivera, 72, ended up getting just 13 out of 30 – just like last week. But he said he had no regrets.
“Everybody is so serious about it. We thought we’d have a laugh,” he said of the political landscape.
Despite his good attitude, he ended up being the first DWTS contestant to be sent home in season 22.
Rivera has known Trump for decades and from Celebrity Apprentice, where he was fired by the Republican presidential candidate in the finals.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.