Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to catch Hannity on Fox News last night due to being on the road. Not that I make it a point to always watch his show, but I was extremely curious to see what his reaction would be following Cliven Bundy’s racist comments about “Negros.”
Well, after watching a clip of his segment where he tried to pretend that he was never a Bundy supporter – just a critic of the government’s response – all I could do was laugh. You don’t show videos of a guy riding around on a horse carrying an American flag if your only goal was to express your displeasure with the governments response to Bundy’s illegal grazing.
Let’s also not forget that Hannity never once mentioned how Bundy and his wife said that they were armed and willing to use force if need be. Again, you don’t protect someone like that unless you’re trying to prop them up as some kind of right-wing hero.
But as expected he completely condemned Bundy’s comments, saying, “I believe those comments are downright racist, they are repugnant, they are bigoted, and it’s beyond disturbing. I find those comments to be deplorable, and I think it’s extremely unfortunate that Cliven Bundy holds those views.”
Big words from someone who was one of the biggest cheerleaders for Bundy and his “stance” against the federal government. While Hannity tried to downplay his support, again insisting he was merely a critic of the government’s handling of the entire situation, that’s a cop-out from someone who was clearly trying to portray Bundy as some kind of right-wing hero.
While he tried to present himself with the usual arrogance and cockiness that defines his on-screen character, Hannity looked downright foolish bashing Bundy’s comments while glossing over the fact that he’s been quite possibly his biggest supporter the last several weeks.
And while Hannity condemned Bundy’s racial remarks, conservatives like to ignore the reality that racism and radical anti-government sentiment seem to often go hand in hand. Which is something most of them deny simply because they don’t want to admit the truth, but it’s a reality I’ve experienced first hand. Nearly every person I’ve met who’s racist is almost always very anti-government. It’s an argument I’ve touched on some that this anti-government ideology that conservatives carry with them is actually rooted back to the days of slavery and the Civil War.
Though Hannity’s rejection of Bundy’s comments wasn’t a surprise, it was just embarrassing to see this usually arrogant and cocky individual try to backtrack his clear attempts to portray Bundy as a conservative hero by trying to spin his support as nothing more than an admonishment of the federal government’s response.