Hannity accused of hypocrisy on 'lock her up'

Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Does Donald Trump even want a second term? The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus MORE is getting criticized for hypocrisy after criticizing Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSupreme Court expands religious rights with trio of rulings Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits Democrats see victory in Trump culture war MORE's (D-Calif.) comments about wanting to see President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE in prison as "despicable," but essentially supporting the famous cheers from President Trump's rallies directed toward Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Facebook civil rights audit finds 'serious setbacks' | Facebook takes down Roger Stone-affiliated accounts, pages | State and local officials beg Congress for more elections funds OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 | Park Police did not record radio transmissions during June 1 sweep of White House protesters | Court upholds protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears GOP Miami mayor does not commit to voting for Trump 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.


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 HabermanDoes Donald Trump even want a second term? The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from the protests The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from weekend protests across the US 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 ComeyHow conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed The Seila Law case: Liberty and political firing 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.