Sean Hannity’s Meltdown Tells a Bigger Story Than Most People Realize

Without a doubt, Fox News’ Sean Hannity is one of the most partisan personalities on all of cable news. But no matter what you might think about Hannity, there’s no doubting the man is a powerful figure within the GOP and the conservative media. I can’t stand him, but I don’t doubt that he knows the inner workings of the Republican party and the conservative media better than I do. That’s why I’ve found his recent public meltdown absolutely fascinating.

In case you’re unaware of what’s been going on, Hannity went off on the GOP and conservative Wall Street Journal columnist and editor Bret Stephens.

During his radio show he took aim at Republican leadership because many refused to blindly support Donald Trump’s inexcusable comments directed at the parents of fallen American hero Capt. Humayun Khan:

If in 96 days Trump loses this election, I am pointing the finger directly at people like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham and John McCain. I have watched these Republicans be more harsh toward Donald Trump than they’ve ever been in standing up to Barack Obama and his radical agenda.

They did nothing, nothing — all these phony votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, show votes so they can go back and keep their power and get reelected. Sorry, you created Donald Trump, all of you. Because of your ineffectiveness, because of your weakness, your spinelessness, your lack of vision, your inability to fight Obama.

I’m getting a little sick and tired of all of you. I am, honestly, I am tempted to just say I don’t support any of you people ever.

Essentially he was whining because Republicans chose to govern as opposed to literally shutting our government down (a la Ted Cruz) waging political fights they knew they couldn’t win.

It’s important to point out that he used the phrase “you created Donald Trump.” If Hannity were truly someone who supported the GOP presidential candidate, why would he use that phrase in a negative way?

However, the hypocrisy of his comments is astounding. Here we have someone who’s built a career off of peddling far-right propaganda that’s been a huge reason why so many people support a vile buffoon like Trump, trying to blame Republicans for not achieving the impossible. Meanwhile, pundits like him have frequently lied to conservatives about what was or wasn’t realistic — which is a big reason why so many are disgusted with the party and turned to a raving idiot like Donald Trump.

That’s how Trump got to where he is today. It’s people like Sean Hannity who’ve sold conservative voters lie after lie, blaming “the establishment” for not accomplishing things he knew they could never accomplish.

While the GOP definitely shoulders a lot of the blame for someone like Trump being as successful as he’s been, the truth is, the hyper-partisan conservative media, of which Hannity is a leading figure, has really been the driving force behind “The Donald” winning the GOP’s presidential nomination.

Enter WSJ columnist Stephens who sent this tweet out mocking “Fox News’ dumbest anchor”:

Well, let’s just say Hannity didn’t take Stephens’ comments all that well. On Thursday night, he sent out several fairly unprofessional tweets in response to Stephens’ criticism:

But he wasn’t done. On Friday, he continued his childish tantrum against Stephens:

Yes, that’s a 54-year-old multimillionaire “media professional” throwing a petulant hissy fit on Twitter because another member of the media called him “dumb.”

Hannity’s behavior was fairly pathetic, but the way he acted and some of the things he said tell a bigger story than most seem to realize.

While he’s clearly projecting his anger toward leaders of the GOP and Mr. Stephens, his real issue is that Trump’s the presidential candidate. He referenced the “creation” of Trump — twice. Then when you look at his overall tone, Hannity comes off as a far-right conservative who’s realizing:

  1. Donald Trump is an absolute nightmare of a presidential candidate.
  2. That, even though he’s criticizing others for Trump’s rise, he knows deep down that he’s a big reason why someone like Trump has become so successful, so he’s trying to put the blame on others.
  3. His party is in a whole lot of trouble.
  4. Trump could very well cost Republicans a lot of power in Congress.
  5. It’s very likely Hillary Clinton is going to win in November.

For someone like Sean Hannity who’s typically nothing more than a sunshine pumping cheerleader for anything and everything conservative to appear flustered, a bit erratic and overly defensive — while also referring to Donald Trump in a negative way a couple of times — tells me that, even as hyper-conservative as the Fox News host is, he realizes the Republican party is likely screwed this November.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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