Hannity accused of hypocrisy on 'lock her up'

Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityChris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Maher stands by recession remarks: 'Very worth' getting rid of Trump Trump retweets baby elephant video MORE is getting criticized for hypocrisy after criticizing Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiObjections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE's (D-Calif.) comments about wanting to see President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE in prison as "despicable," but essentially supporting the famous cheers from President Trump's rallies directed toward Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonLewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate Progressive Democrats' turnout plans simply don't add up 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 HabermanTrump lashes out at NYT reporter over Dayton, El Paso coverage Trump falsely claims his events have never 'had an empty seat' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump calls off Iran strike at last minute 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 ComeyBarr predicts progressive prosecutors will lead to 'more crime, more victims' James Comey shows our criminal justice system works as intended Trump says he's 'very strongly' considering commuting Rod Blagojevich's sentence 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) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE filed the first of his indictments under the years-long Russia investigation.