On his radio program Tuesday, Sean Hannity called out those in the Never Trump movement, putting responsibility for the potential election of President Hillary on them.
Transcript excerpts of Hannity's rant, from Business Insider:
"Well, let me just say to all of you. And that includes the commentator class. That includes the Jonah Goldberg class, that includes radio talk show hosts. Glenn Beck is like on a — it's a holy war for him at this point. I mean, he's off the rails attacking me every day. Blaming me for Trump. Well, no. I was fair to everybody, Glenn. Whether you want to admit it or not. I know I was fair. My conscience is clear. And I, frankly, I'm proud to pull the lever for Donald Trump with a clear conscience.
"So here's what I say to all of you Never Trumpers — Glenn Beck, I hope you're listening. You own Hillary Clinton's Supreme Court appointments. You own it! You are doing everything you can do to cast doubt in people's minds! Trump gave us a list. You own her Supreme Court nominees, you own her un-vetted refugees and the 550% increase she will bring into this country. You own the jobs that illegal immigrants will take from the 95 million Americans out of the labor force. You own Obamacare, which is a disaster for this country. You own education because she is beholden to the NEA [National Education Association]. And if we don't improve the lives of 95 million Americans out of the labor force, I blame you for that, too!
"Because you're helping elect her. And I'm also saying that, hey, we have a $4,100 increase in healthcare payments since Obama has been president. It's only going to go higher. You get responsibility for that, too! We have got 12 million more Americans on food stamps. If that increases, I'm going to blame you! We have 46 million total. Eight million more Americans living in poverty. Fifty million Americans in poverty. If that gets worse, I'm blaming you! You know, we have the worst home ownership in 51 years. If that gets worse, guess who I'm blaming? I'm blaming all of you!
"Arrogant, stubborn, lying about what Trump has said and his record. Purposefully distorting, creating doubt, misperception — and you're so obsessed, some of you with Trump, you don't even go over how corrupt Hillary is! What a disaster Obama has been. And if we have 1 in 5 American families four years from now, still without a single family member working, I am blaming you. And if in four years from now we have 1 in 6 American men, 18 to 24, in jail or living in mommy's basement, I'll blame you. And if we continue to build up more debt than every other president combined like Obama did, well, that's your debt! And that's money you are helping to steal from our kids! And we have the lowest labor participation rate since the '70s, well, I blame you for that!
"And if we elect a president because you are so stubborn, arrogant, and stupid, that can't say 'radical Islam' and can't engage an enemy and identify it, that's your fault as well! And if you help elect the single most corrupt person to ever seek the presidency, somebody who lies like she did, somebody who sold out her office for gain like she has, somebody who has failed on Iran and ISIS and radical Islam in general, and Iraq and Iran and Syria and North Africa and Libya, I'm blaming you!
"And you are going to say, 'Hannity, we blame you. You gave Donald Trump time on your show.' And I gave every other candidate time. His agenda is infinitely better than hers. And if you can't see that, then that's your problem. You own it. You own her. You own every dumb thing she's about to do. I blame you. Got it? I am going to name names regularly if she wins."
Hannity has been criticized for pointing out that the Never Trump people are embracing Hillary Clinton, by rejecting the Republican nominee and actively working to turn others against the Republican nominee. Hannity correctly asserts that they are helping to elect her.
He states that the relentless pummeling of Trump by the Never Trump contingent will have dire consequences for the country if they continue to act as Hillary surrogates. He said they need to own their actions.
I agree with Hannity on this.
Actions have consequences and one should be held accountable for one's actions. President Hillary would be a certain disaster. If one helps put her in the White House, by trashing the Republican nominee to assure his defeat, one owns it.
It's not surprising that Hannity was slammed by some alleged conservatives for his comments. Never Trumpkins like Charlie Sykes constantly belittle Hannity. Sykes mocks Hannity on his radio program as well as on Twitter. He tweets and retweets criticism of Trump "fanboy" Hannity. Check out Sykes' Twitter feed. After Hannity delivered his Never Trump rant on Tuesday, Sykes went on a retweet storm.
I don't get why there's all this angry reaction to Hannity's assessment of the situation. Well, I do get it, because clearly there are many out there suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. What I mean is that it's incredibly hypocritical of the Never Trumpkins.
For months and months, they have said Trump supporters must own everything Trump says and does. They insist that Trump supporters must be held accountable for everything, absolutely everything, that comes out of Trump's mouth. They demand that Trump supporters must own everything that has ever come out of Trump's mouth.
Sykes makes that very clear, day in and day out.
From the Weekly Standard:
Because I've cautioned my fellow conservatives, you embrace Donald Trump, you embrace it all. You embrace every slur, every insult, every outrage, every falsehood. You're going to spend the next six months defending, rationalizing, evading all that. And afterwards, you come back to women, to minorities, to young people and say, that wasn't us. That's not what we're about. The reality is, if you support him to be president of the United States, that is who you are, and you own it.So, according to Sykes, Trump supporters own "every slur, every insult, every outrage, every falsehood."
Well, Never Trumpkins must own every lie, every fraud, every corruption, every crime, every disastrous Leftist policy associated with Hillary. Never Trumpkins must own every Supreme Court appointment by President Hillary. They must own whatever is unearthed in each "discovered" email that trickles out. They own the private servers. They own the Iran deals. They own ObamaCare. They own Benghazi. They own the death of every aborted baby and the sale of every dead baby body part by Planned Parenthood. They own the corruption of the Clinton Foundation. They own all that is Hillary. Hell, they own Bill and his sexual assault history. They own all of it. That is who they are.
None of this "I'm Never Trump, but I'm also Never Hillary" bullshit that Sykes attempts to pass off as a legitimate stance. The fact is that is NOT a legitimate stance.
They cannot separate themselves from the consequences of their non-stop assault on the Republican nominee for president and his supporters.
Undermining the Republican nominee is benefiting the Democrat nominee. Period.
Failing to vote for the Republican nominee is a vote for the Democrat nominee. Period.
The consequences of their war on Trump, if they are victorious, is Hillary Clinton in the White House.
Yup. They own it.
They own it.