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Dan Bongino ethnicity: Viewers curious about his background after FOX debate

Jane Corscadden April 15, 2021
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What is Dan Bongino’s ethnicity? Is the commentator black, as some viewers seem to think? Viewers are curious about Bongino’s background after an argument on FOX’s Hannity Show last night about the death of 20-year-old black man Daunte Wright.

So, what do we know about the commentator’s background?

Who is Dan Bongino?

Dan Bongino is an American conservative political commentator.

He was born in Queens, New York City, in December 1974. Bongino attended Queens College, where he earned both a bachelors and master’s degree in psychology.

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Then, he studied business administration at Pennsylvania State University.

Dan Bongino worked for the New York City police department from 1995 to 1999.

In 1999, he joined the United States Secret Service. He was assigned to the Presidential Protection Division during George W Bush’s second term in 2006 and remained on protective duty until 2011.

Bongino ran for Congress as a Republican unsuccessfully in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Why are viewers curious about Dan Bongino’s ethnicity?

So, many viewers of Wednesday night’s (14 April) episode of Hannity on FOX are interested in learning more about Bongino’s background.

What is Dan Bongino’s ethnicity then? He is of half Italian descent.

Bogino has previously said he isn’t black, he’s Italian.

The curiosity from viewers comes after Dan Bonginos got into a heated debate with FOX News correspondent, Geraldo Rivera, on Wednesday’s Hannity show.

It comes two days after the pair clashed over the protests following the police shooting of 20-year-old black man, Daunte Wright, in Minnesota.

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In their back and forth, Bongino accused Rivera of creating a racial divide with his reporting on the Minnesota protests.

He said: “People like Geraldo continue to pump out a race narrative with no data to back it up at all. All you want to do is see the country burn.”

In response, Rivera said: “I want to see the country burn? You punk! You’re nothing but a punk!”

As a former police officer, Bongino said he didn’t appreciate Rivera’s comment that police holster their guns on the side of their non-dominant hand.

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Jane is a freelance journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland specialising in news, culture and politics. She studied Politics at Queen’s University Belfast before completing a Journalism MA at the University of Ulster. Always trawling social media and keeping up to date with the latest trends and crazes, her main interest lies in digital culture and internet trends.