Fox News host and shameless Trump cheerleader Sean Hannity unleashed an unhinged rant “exposing” a “liberal hoax” against the president without presenting one actual single fact Tuesday.
There’s nothing Hannity loves then “catching” liberals doing something he just knew was true but couldn’t prove it. On Tuesday, Hannity couldn’t wait to jump on air and yell “gotcha!” because he finally got the “evidence” he needed to show off how right he’s been all along. Just one problem. He didn’t have it.
Hannity launched into an epic tirade after a report from the same fake news media he claims is full of lies revealed that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was under surveillance by the FBI.
Hannity decided to use that report to claim that his dear leader was finally vindicated in his baseless claim that President Obama personally had him “wiretapped” at Trump Tower.
“So for all of you lazy, overpaid, ideological liberal mainstream media people out there, you have now been exposed for the frauds you are yet again!” Hannity declared. “And as we’ve been saying, the biased press is not interested in reporting the truth and fact. They only care about spearing and delegitimizing President Trump and this is more evidence.”
Hannity then played several videos of reporters throwing shade on Trump’s ridiculous claim.
“The conspiracy theory media lies to you yet again,” Hannity self-assuredly said. “Now this is not surprising considering the left-wing media- it’s like an echo chamber. They all find one topic to attack the president on and they repeat and repeat and repeat the same talking points. This is beyond pathetic, predictable, frankly dangerous in a lot of ways.”
So, I guess that’s it folks. The Resistance can just pack it up and go home, Hannity “got” us.
Of course, Sean’s rant probably “felt” true, he certainly wanted it to be true, but as often happens with news consumers who only read the headline and not the article, he was completely wrong.
For one, Trump’s own Justice Department just went public to admit there was no evidence Obama had Trump or Trump Tower under surveillance.
In fact, the report Hannity was all huffy about was from CNN, which he and Trump love to beat up until they have news they think suits them. The report did not say Trump was wiretapped at all. It said that Manafort was wiretapped long before he ever went to work for Trump’s campaign. Essentially it says Trump hired a man who was so shady a court granted the FBI a secret FISA warrant to listen to all his conversations.
If Hannity had read the report, he’d also see the court granted another FISA warrant in 2016 to listen to Manafort’s phone calls because they believed he may have been colluding with Russians to influence the election.
CNN notes that such a warrant requires “the approval of top Justice Department and FBI officials, and the FBI must provide the court with information showing suspicion that the subject of the warrant may be acting as an agent of a foreign power.”
And it looks like they may have been right.
“Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign,” CNN reported, citing three sources.
So not only does the report Hannity used to berate reporters do anything but vindicate Trump, it puts his top ranking campaign official squarely in the middle of the Russian plot to influence the US election.
Watch Hannity completely embarrass himself below: