A day after proclaiming America’s end if President Barack Obama is re-elected, Sean Hannity added to his pile of animosity Tuesday evening with a claim startlingly detached from reality.
According to The Raw Story, in a discussion with Republican pollster Frank Luntz, comparing President Obama to former President Ronald Reagan, Hannity once again showed that he’s not keen to credit Obama for killing terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.
“I know the president will say, ‘Well, we got bin Laden.’ Putting that aside…” Hanity said. Luntz responded: “And the public gives him credit for that.”
A reluctant Hannity replied: “They do. The public does give him credit for that. But it wouldn’t have happened if he had his way, and I think that can be proved as well on tape.”
Days after bin Laden’s death last year, Hannity, together with many other conservatives, decided to congratulate George W. Bush instead of President Obama, even though Bush once quipped that he didn’t know, or much care, where bin Laden was hiding.
But killing bin Laden, nevertheless, seems for all the world like something Obama was really into doing.
As ABC News reported, the president “authorized the development of a plan for the United States to bomb bin Laden’s compound with two B-2 stealth bombers dropping a few dozen 2,000-pound bombs” back in March.
Ed Schultz began something of a feud with Sean Hannity following his comments.
The comments incensed Schultz and led him to a discussion with Hannity over Twitter which resulted in Schultz challenging Hannity to produce any evidence that supported him.
“Sean Hannity thinks there are tapes showing President Obama saying that he didn’t want to get the world’s #1 terrorist, Osama bin Laden?” Schultz explained, playing a clip of Hannity on his program arguing that “if he had it his way” the President would have never found bin Laden.
He then elaborated on today’s exchanges between himself and Hannity, in which Hannity explained that he believed that without enhanced interrogation techniques, no one would have found bin Laden, Mediaite reports.
“He’s very wrong, and I’ve got the tape to prove it,” Schultz said on his TV show.
Schultz continued, “Hannity spent eight years propping up a president who admitted he didn’t care about capturing bin Laden,” he said, suggesting exactly the same thing Hannity had about President Obama about President Bush because of comments that President made that he was “not that concerned” about the individual bin Laden (which did not preclude dismantling the organization responsible for 9/11).
And on that now, clearly hoping for a response, Schultz concluded: “your move, Mr. Intellectual Honesty.”
But Hannity says that some “tape” can prove otherwise. (And you know, it’s an election year … there’s always some tape that’s supposed to be floating around!)