If there’s been one member of the conservative media who’s been totally exposed for being a sniveling, hypocritical weasel who would probably sell his soul if he thought it would benefit him in some way, it’s Fox News’ Sean Hannity. During an election when many Republicans (and even quite a few members of the conservative media) have refused to get behind Donald Trump’s special brand of vile ignorance, Hannity has proven to be one of his top cheerleaders.
At one point Hannity’s devotion to Trump got so bad that Fox News had to reprimand him for pushing right-wing propaganda that was even too much for them to try to pass off as “credible news.”
Though I’m not sure if anything better exemplifies Hannity’s hypocrisy and continued gutless defense of Trump than a tweet he sent out on Friday:
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 21, 2016
I’d like to run down a few reasons why this tweet was so utterly pathetic.
First, according to most of our security experts, Russia is behind the illegal hacking of Americans and American political organizations. At this point, most signs point toward WikiLeaks being a political tool of the Russian government. Apparently, Hannity is perfectly okay with foreign governments using cyber attacks against Americans and the United States — just as long as they’re targeting people he opposes.
Second, Julian Assange fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London trying to escape possible rape charges in Sweden. Whether or not these charges are true is best left to Swedish authorities, but the facts are that, at this moment, he’s still a rape suspect. Though I guess to Hannity that’s not a big deal, right?
Oh, then let’s also not forget that one of the main reasons why Assange doesn’t want to step outside that embassy is because he’s afraid of being extradited to the United States where he could face the death penalty for publishing stolen classified information.
Hannity should clearly know that considering he soundly condemned Assange back in 2010, saying that the stolen information WikiLeaks published put “lives in jeopardy” and that Assange was “waging war against the U.S.”
Yet now he’s okay with WikiLeaks targeting the U.S. and its citizens just as long as they’re going after people he doesn’t like?
I think Republican Sen. Marco Rubio actually said it best when he recently warned conservatives that their information could be next:
As our intelligence agencies have said, these leaks are an effort by a foreign government to interfere with our electoral process, and I will not indulge it.
Further, I want to warn my fellow Republicans who may want to capitalize politically on these leaks: Today it is the Democrats. Tomorrow it could be us.
That’s absolutely true.
As a progressive, I spoke out against Chelsea Manning when she gave hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks and I’ve been a fairly vocal critic of Edward Snowden, too. Nobody can call me a hypocrite on this issue. While both individuals did expose some things Americans needed to know, that doesn’t discount the fact that both exposed a whole lot of information that had nothing to do with the Constitution, war crimes or the rights of Americans. I am consistent in my belief that there are proper ways someone can expose something they think needs to be exposed without handing over hundreds of thousands of pieces of top-secret and classified information to people who have no business having access to it.
Can you imagine what Hannity would be saying right now if the situations were reversed and our intelligence agencies were saying that the Russian government was behind a plot via WikiLeaks to target the GOP presidential candidate in an effort to elect a Democrat? The conspiracies we’d see and hear from many of these people would be unreal.
Yet, there Hannity is, admitting that he’s perfectly okay with foreign governments targeting Americans, U.S. political organizations and trying to influence an election — just as long as what they’re doing is helping “his side” out.
This is really unprecedented in America to see our national security organizations publicly confirm that Russia is using cyber attacks to target Americans in a calculated effort to influence our election — and most Republicans couldn’t care less.
Hell, if anything, they’re encouraging and defending those doing it.
I’m sorry folks, but you lose any and all right to call yourself a “patriotic American” the day you publicly endorse a foreign government committing espionage against the United States because it might benefit you politically.
And I’m absolutely embarrassed that we have millions of Americans, including this coward Sean Hannity, who are doing just that.