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Hannity accused of hypocrisy on 'lock her up'

Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityProsecutors say man who brought weapons to Capitol carried list of 'good guys' and 'bad guys' Trump has suggested he wants to pardon himself: NYT More Americans than ever distrust the news; here's why and what to do about it MORE is getting criticized for hypocrisy after criticizing Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Boebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report Revising the pardon power — let the Speaker and Congress have voices MORE's (D-Calif.) comments about wanting to see President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE in prison as "despicable," but essentially supporting the famous cheers from President Trump's rallies directed toward Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFor Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team Millennials and the great reckoning on race Biden chooses Amanda Gorman as youngest known inaugural poet 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: Democrats formally introduce impeachment article The Hill's Morning Report - Trump finally concedes; 25th Amendment pressure grows The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from chaotic downtown DC 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 ComeyComey: Biden should consider pardoning Trump Comey: 'Greatest punishment' for Trump after Capitol riot is to 'move past' his presidency Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE filed the first of his indictments under the years-long Russia investigation.