On March 13, 2018, during Hannity on Fox News, Sean Hannity was forced to confront one of the ugly statements Donald Trump made when he announced his candidacy for US President. Mr. Trump announced his candidacy on June 16, 2016. In his speech, he said this (bold added by author):
“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Just so we’re all on the same page, Mr. Trump said that Mexican immigrants are rapists. He then mentioned that some Mexicans were good people. This is important, because when Fox News commentator Cathy Areu brought up the fact that Donald Trump said that Mexicans were rapists, Sean Hannity responded with
“He never, ever said, you know, if you have to lie to make a point on this program…”
Feel free to watch the clip on YouTube. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Mr. Hannity then goes on to say that what Donald Trump actually said was that some Mexican immigrants were rapists (and murderers). Some. I thought Mr. Trump said some of the Mexican immigrants were good people, and the rest were bringing drugs, bringing crime, and evidently bringing their rapists.
Sorry, Sean. You got caught in a bold-faced lie when you accused Cathy Areu of lying about the Donald Trump quote.
Here is the rest of this colorful exchange between Sean Hannity, Cathy Areu, and Tomi Lahren, from foxnews.com:
AREU: Sounds like President Trump, non-Latino, non-Muslim, I mean, this is a racist living in the White House. So, it doesn’t sound very different from Farrakhan to me.
HANNITY: And what is the (inaudible) that is racist?
AREU: I’m sorry.
HANNITY: What’s racist?
AREU: Oh, Mexicans are rapists and murderers.
AREU: That was about a year ago.
HANNITY: Stop. No, no.
AREU: That was — more current than Farrakhan.
HANNITY: Can I just put this —
AREU: Farrakhan was 2005.
HANNITY: He never ever said, that, you know, — if you have to lie to make a point on this program —
AREU: He didn’t say that?
HANNITY: So, this President Trump, some, and you know what? I went down to Texas —
HANNITY: That is correct. He said —
AREU: Latinos are rapists and murderers?
HANNITY: — he said some. That is correct.
AREU: Oh, that is not racist. Yes.
HANNITY: And there is a bit — some are. Some.
AREU: OK. He is upset (ph).
HANNITY: Now many come here, because they want opportunities. But some come here and they commit crimes.
AREU: All right.
HANNITY: Kate Steinly, for example.
HANNITY: Let’s bring in Tomi Lahren. Tomi?
TOMI LAHREN, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, I thought that the left stood on the moral high grounds. I think, that you would be the first one to condemn, language like this, but it just goes to show, that the left, the Democrats, they’re not anti-bigotry, they’re not anti-racism. They are just anti-Trump. And this is shown —
AREU: I did condemn it.
LAHREN: — clearly, once again, because you can’t even admit it.
AREU: I did condemn it.
LAHREN: All you do is talk about Trump.
AREU: I didn’t support him. I condemned it, but I said Trump is exactly like the person that you’re portraying here.
LAHREN: Will the others?
LAHREN: Is Farrakhan is also anti-Trump?
AREU: I’m sorry.
LAHREN: You’re comparing the two?
AREU: Yes. Absolutely.
LAHREN: That shows how delusional you are, Cathy, because you’re comparing the two.
HANNITY: But Tomi, the problem is Cathy made up something that Trump said. Now many people come here from countries because they want hope and opportunity.
HANNITY: But, when I sat through that briefing that I showed earlier, Tomi, 642,000 crimes committed against Texans in the seven year period, by illegal immigrant, criminals and some of those crimes were murder.
AREU: So —
LAHREN: They will not admit that.
HANNITY: So some —
LAHREN: They will not admit the actual quote that Donald Trump said, he said, some people are coming over here and they shouldn’t be here. Do you agree? If everyone will come in and cross our border and they know (ph) good people?
AREU: Latinos are racist and murderers.
HANNITY: No, he never said those words ever, ever.
LAHREN: He said some are good people. Some are not.
AREU: And he is enjoying his taco salad.
LAHREN: That is the truth.
HANNITY: Why do you have to make up words he didn’t say to make your point?
AREU: He is so pro-Hispanic.
Of course, this exchange speaks for itself. In case it wasn’t obvious, Sean Hannity claimed that Donald Trump said some Mexican immigrants were rapists. The actual quote shows that Donald Trump called Mexican immigrants rapists, and some were good people. Sean Hannity accused Cathy Areu of lying on air, when it was Cathy who was correct and Mr. Hannity who equivocated.
My next question is: why? Why doesn’t Sean Hannity want his audience to know exactly what Donald Trump said? Was it in the heat of the moment? Did he believe himself? I dunno, Sean…