Sean Hannity will likely pitch underhand to Donald Trump

Listening to Sean Hannity’s radio show for just a few minutes one recent afternoon, I came away with the impression that there is a seriously dark undercurrent brewing in American political discourse that should frighten the sane among us.

Hannity’s hucksterism preys on shut-ins who worry everyday that someone wearing a hijab will break into their mobile home and take them hostage for ISIS. It’s brilliant, yet deceitful, and designed to make us all hate one another. On some level it works.

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Hannity’s daily show is a three-hour dog whistle which appeals to the fearful lowest common denominator in our society. The talk show host who turned an anti-gay rant on a low-rated college radio station into a lucrative position with Fox News Channel, has been blowing his whistle constantly since spring. His goal? Get Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE elected president.

I’ve been listening to talk radio since it was invented at San Francisco’s KGO in the 1970s. I even co-hosted an AM talk show in Los Angeles for several months. In all those years I’ve never seen someone so in the bag for a candidate as Hannity. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sick.

Like the candidate he stumps for, Hannity is willing to spread a conservative conspiracy theory about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Ballot initiatives in Colorado, Louisiana could restrict abortion access Trump mocks Joe Biden's drive-in rallies at North Carolina event MORE’s health just to make sure “The Donald” wins.

I’m sure that when Hannity hosts a Donald Trump town hall from Milwaukee tonight 10 p.m. Eastern on FOX News Channel, there will be no hard questions. Hannity is guy whose entire career has been an expression of hatred and disdain for the media and reporters. I can guarantee Hannity won’t quiz Trump on his relationship with Russia, his multiple bankruptcies or even bother The Donald with concerns about the way he’s trampled the little people in his narcissistic and coddled march through life.

Certainly there will be no questions about Trump’s mockery of a disabled reporter

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And there won't likely be questions about his attack on a Gold Star family.

And, forget about Hannity second guessing recent statements from the candidate that imply President Obama is a founder of ISIS or that people with guns will keep Hillary Clinton in check if she tries to impose restrictions on firearm ownership.

I’ll guess that Hannity will ask what Trump means when says Hillary Clinton lacks “moral clarity.” But I wish he would ask about the Trump’s lack of “moral clarity.”

If I had to guess, I’d say Hannity is a phony. He’s a snake oil salesman who found a hateful schtick that works while he pretends to be “fair and balanced.” News Flash -- Sean Hannity is neither. Trust me here. Hannity is a race baiter and a class manipulator who decries those very traits in others, all the while exploiting his audience.

That’s the secret. Hannity is a carny who knows his audience and knows how play to their weaknesses. These aren’t suit-wearing metrosexuals in Manhattan, Chicago or L.A., most of Hannity’s audience is looking for a Duck Dynasty of their very own. They are angry because they’ve been left behind to root through a hollowed out and vacant culture that by-passed them when the Interstate went through and corporate America mechanized and applied genetic science to the process of growing corn.

What these country-music loving, Confederate flag waving fools don’t realize is that they are being sold a bill of goods from the very same America they claim to distrust and despise. I think, just like a ring-toss huckster, Hannity secretly doesn’t believe one thing he says. Listen, the truth is that Hannity does better if Clinton wins. It’s a simple fact. And he knows it. How else is he going to make money off the fears of Middle America for the next four years?

Girardot is a former editor and columnist with the Los Angeles News Group. He is co-author of true crime tales "A Taste For Murder" and the soon-to-be released "Cocaine Cops: An insider's tale of brutality, greed and corruption in the NYPD." Follow him on Twitter @FrankGirardot


 

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