Sean Hannity had a bad day after the GOP's supposedly bombshell memo he had spent so much typing hyping turned out to be an embarrassing dud.
Sean Hannity, arguably the most pro-Trump host on Fox News, vented his frustration about the Republican Party’s embarrassing memo release by fuming at former FBI Director James Comey.
After the memo authored by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was released, the entire world was quickly able to see that the partisan smear document was far less potent than Republicans, and Hannity, said it was. Rather than vindicating the right wing’s attacks on the FBI, the memo showed that the ongoing investigation of Trump and Russia is on firm ground.
From his perch at Fox News, Hannity has poured a lot of his value into the memo and was obviously upset that Republicans and the propagandists at Fox were instant laughingstocks.
Comey also took a turn pointing out the absurdity of all the hype prior to the memo’s release. “That’s it?” he tweeted.
This seemed to enrage Hannity, who quickly reacted to defend his friends on Capitol Hill and the president he has backed to the hilt.
“Jim, You have the right to remain silent,” Hannity tweeted. “I suggest you exercise that right….”
It was unclear whether Hannity was telling Comey to shut up, or if he is planning to take the next step and perform a citizen’s arrest.
Hannity’s unhinged and apparent threat was yet another instance of a Fox News unleashing and encouraging rage at a public figure, which can have very serious consequences.
White House correspondent April Ryan recently revealed that she has been getting death threats after Fox criticized her for simply asking Trump questions.
In 2010, after listening to former Fox host Glenn Beck’s wild conspiracy theories about the liberal Tides Foundation, Byron Williams drove to San Francisco to shoot up the organizations headquarters and spark a political revolution. His planned attack was foiled when California Highway Patrol officers pulled him over for drunk driving on his way to his killing spree.
Disgraced former Fox host Bill O’Reilly devoted more than two dozen episodes, between 2005 and 2009, to attacking Dr. George Tiller, who performed abortions, referring to him as “Dr. Tiller the Baby Killer.” Tiller was assassinated in his church by the supposedly “pro-life” murderer, Scott Roeder.
The Daily Beast recently reported that “Trump has been in regular contact with Hannity over the phone in recent weeks,” and Hannity has been the one pushing for the release of the smear memo.
In addition to phone chats between the two men, Trump is of course a devotee of Fox News, the network he watches during hours-long daily sessions his staffers have deemed “executive time.”
The disastrous release of the memo is a major embarrassment to both men. Hannity led his telephone friend astray, and the world is laughing at both of them.
Somehow in Hannity’s mind, his own screw-up is James Comey’s fault. So much for personal responsibility.