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Hannity accused of hypocrisy on 'lock her up'

Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityBiden: Johnson should be 'ashamed' for suggesting family profited from their name Trafalgar chief pollster predicts Trump victory: Polls 'predominantly missing the hidden vote' Trump, Biden dial up efforts to boost early voter turnout in Florida MORE is getting criticized for hypocrisy after criticizing Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo On The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Overnight Health Care: CDC expands definition of 'close contact' after COVID-19 report | GOP coronavirus bill blocked in Senate | OxyContin maker agrees to B settlement with Trump administration MORE's (D-Calif.) comments about wanting to see President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE in prison as "despicable," but essentially supporting the famous cheers from President Trump's rallies directed toward Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE of "lock her up."

Hannity issued a fiery tirade against Pelosi, telling his viewers that her desire to see Trump "in prison" was "beyond despicable behavior" that occurs in "banana republics."

He said Pelosi wanted this to happen "based on no actual crimes," and that it would turn the United States into a country people would no longer recognize.

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The remarks were quickly seized upon by various reporters who noted Hannity's support for Trump and his calls for investigations into Clinton to be reopened. 

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner in the Complete Lack of Self-Awareness Contest. Please, no more entries," wrote Mother Jones's David Corn.

“ 'Lock her up!' has been the chant at whose rallies?" added The New York Times's Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump takes early victory lap, rips off mask The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Country rattled after Trump's positive COVID-19 diagnosis Fox's Kilmeade: Trump could serve as positive example if he beats COVID-19 while in 'danger age' of 74 MORE.

Hannity and Trump contend that Clinton broke the law by using a private email server to send classified messages while she served as secretary of State. The FBI under former Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Trump remarks put pressure on Barr Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals MORE decided to not bring charges against Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee defeated by Trump in 2016. 

Responding to the criticism, Hannity told The Hill that it was an example of a "lazy and abusively biased media mob" that was "lying to their ever-shrinking audiences."

He said Trump committed no crimes, while the evidence was "overwhelming and incontrovertible" that Clinton committed felonies. Hannity listed the deletion of emails and the destroying of phones to make his argument, stating that Clinton had destroyed evidence. 

"Nancy Pelosi cannot identify a 'crime' committed by President Trump," Hannity said. "She just wants a political opponent put in jail which would make us no better than any of the world's dictatorships. No wonder Pew Research came out with the poll numbers on Fake News this week. The media mob is earning the public’s distrust every single day."
Hannity has called for Democrats to be jailed despite them not being convicted of crimes. An episode of his radio show that aired less than a month before Election Day in 2016 was titled "[Hillary] Clinton should be in jail," according to his website.

In 2017, he also questioned whether Clinton would be indicted in a now-deleted tweet after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE filed the first of his indictments under the years-long Russia investigation.