Sean Hannity gave a lengthy critique of the committee’s latest hearing on Jan. 6, but did not mention one of his texts that was read in which he called on ex-President Donald Trump to do something to stop the riots. of the US Capitol.
In front of an on-screen graphic that read “dummy committee,” the Fox News anchor took aim at the committee, which on Thursday heard text messages that Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, had received as the violence unfolded on the 6 January.
The hearing focused on Trump’s actions for 187 minutes, starting with his speech at a rally encouraging supporters to march on Capitol Hill, to sending out a video telling supporters to return. at their home. Committee members say it shows Trump was guilty of violence directed at Congress and betrayed his oath to the Constitution.
Committee member Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of two Republicans on the committee, said that Trump had “resisted and he continued to resist” by telling his supporters to leave.
He referred to two tweets the former president sent at the time, one at 2:38 p.m. and the other at 3:13 p.m., calling on them to “stay peaceful” and “stay peaceful,” even if he “knew that the mob was attacking the police”. and invaded the Capitol.”
Kinzinger then read texts sent to Meadows which he said showed how Trump “wasn’t meeting right now.”
One was sent by his son, Donald Jr, shortly after his dad tweeted, which said “he needs to condemn this shit ASAP,” which Meadows said he agreed with.
Trump Jr said in another tweet that “they’ll try to f*** his whole legacy if it gets any worse.” Kinzinger then read a text from Hannity at Meadows which read “can he make a statement” adding “ask people to leave the Capitol”. Meadows replied “on it”.
Although she was not read in this part of the hearing, Hannity followed with a textThat said, “Wth is happening with VPOTUS,” referring to Vice President Mike Pence.
Kinzinger said Trump and Hannity’s son “weren’t the only ones pleading with Mr. Meadows to get the president to speak to the nation and tell the crowd to leave,” adding that Meadows had received similar texts of GOP figures, administration officials and friends.
However, these exchanges of dramatic texts sent while the Capitol was ransacked did not appear in Hannity’s monologue. The Fox anchor called the hearing “obsessive partisan anti-Trump slander” and brushed off what he said were security deficiencies at the Capitol that day.
“They did not attempt to interview President (Nancy) Pelosi, she is the one in charge of security”, Hanity said.
He then revisited the argument made by other conservatives against the hearing by questioning why there was no congressional committee investigation into the 2020 protests, some of which turned violent, that followed. the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by a police officer in Minneapolis. , Minnesota.
“Unsurprisingly, they have not established a criminal case or revealed damning new evidence against President Trump as they promised,” Hannity said of the Jan. 6 committee that will meet again in September.
“Ultimately, the American people see this for what it is – a one-sided political vilification that does nothing to improve our lives.”