Sean Hannity maintains the fort of 1/6 misinformation on Fox News by describing the 1/6 attack as moms and dads attending a Trump rally.
Sean Hannity describes Jan 6 insurgents as ‘moms and dads just attending a Trump rally’ pic.twitter.com/5e1AebMmIc
—Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 19, 2023
The political rot extends far beyond the former President of the United States. Pro-abortion activists, mainstream Catholics, moms and dads just attending a Trump rally. Even angry parents, how dare they talk about the age-appropriate material being taught to their children or to the CRT? What if we stick to reading, writing, math and computer science? But if they’re speaking out at a school board meeting, speaking out against critical race theory, guess what? You could be scrutinized by your armed FBI.
Hannity was trying to defend Jim Jordan’s weaponization of government hearing involving Trump-funded fake whistleblowers when he referenced the FBI investigating Trump’s rally. The only Trump rally the FBI has ever investigated happened on 1/6, so Sean Hannity reframed the domestic terrorists who attempted to overthrow the government through violence as a few moms and dads at a rally, which I guess could be true if you ignore the whole violent attack on the Capitol with the intent to harm political leaders and murder police officers.
The underlying motives of the government weaponization allegations are to whitewash 1/6 and make Trump’s behavior look like a law enforcement conspiracy. Nothing Hannity said was true, but the idea that the Trump government didn’t motivate Republican voters, so Trump and his supporters expanded it to include parents at school board meetings to inspire fear and give the impression that the threat is personal.
Hannity is already in the form of an 8 p.m. timeslot. No matter how many hosts are fired or what lawsuits are settled, Fox News continues its misinformation business as usual.
Jason is the editor. He is also a member of the White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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