Fox News anchor Sean Hannity has been one of Donald Trump’s biggest supporters, and he’s made sure to attack Trump’s most powerful critics throughout this election.
Most recently, Hannity f*cked up by spreading a rumor that First Lady Michelle Obama had been deleting tweets about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton – which was actually traced back to a fake news article. Hannity faced so much backlash over this that he was forced to apologize and admit that he’d resorted to traditional GOP lies and fear mongering to influence gullible conservatives and undecided voters. Hannity tweeted:
“Correction. Live on radio I read a gateway pundit report that @MichelleObama had deleted mentions of HRC. And a listener said BHO and … Elizabeth Warren did same. Fact is they didn’t. I humbly apologize. Live radio.”
According to CNN Money, Hannity’s original claim had been influenced by an article on the site Gateway Pundit, which had linked to a false article from Your News Wire claiming Michelle Obama had “scrubbed all references to Hillary Clinton from both of her Twitter accounts as news breaks that Clinton is under two different FBI investigations involving four FBI offices.” Being a true Republican, Hannity didn’t bother to check the validity of that claim and instead leapt at the opportunity to slam Trump’s opponent. On his radio show, Hannity asked:
“It says that Michelle Obama had deleted Hillary tweets from her timeline. Did you ever check that out?”
Later, a woman on Hannity’s show also made a reference to the hoax, and said, “Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren have both unfollowed Hillary Clinton, as well as scrubbing their timeline of tweets about her.” Hannity couldn’t have been more thrilled. He responded:
“Wow. That means they know it’s huge. You know why? Because Obama’s implicated! He’s implicated here, and he’s pissed. You know what his legacy might be? Jail.”
It must be humiliating to have to apologize after getting so giddy about President Barack Obama going to jail. But Hannity is continuing to downplay his mistake:
“Bottom line it was brought up in an insignificant way, I was dealing with more important issues like HRC crimes and lies and how CNN has been colluding with the Clinton campaign and CHEATING Bernie Sanders.”
Expect more lies from Hannity as we get closer to election day.
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