Fox News host Sean Hannity was fired up Wednesday evening. “What you are witnessing is one of the ugliest smear campaigns in history,” he said, referring to the Senate confirmation hearings weighing the accusation of sexual assault leveled against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Political hit job
President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee is currently contending with multiple uncorroborated allegations of sexual assault that were withheld until just days before Senators were supposed to vote on his nomination. That process has now been repeatedly delayed in what some conservatives are saying is a transparent attempt to stall the nomination until after the Nov. 6 midterms, when Democrats could win a Senate majority and kill Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Senate Republicans from the judiciary committee must have been tuning in to Hannity’s Fox News program, because they echoed many of the same sentiments on the committee floor and in interviews with the media following testimony from Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham was practically coming out of his chair Thursday afternoon as he berated Senate Democrats for engineering “the most unethical sham” throughout his long political career.
Those looking for a sneak peak of Thursday’s fateful hearings could have simply tuned in to Fox News the day before and listened to Hannity’s monologue. “How would you feel if it was you, America, tonight?” he asked on the eve of the hearings. “Because this is the modern Democratic Party. They have now defined of themselves as a party of slanderous, smear, character assassination and a party of besmirchment. This is clearly who they are because I can’t find a Democrat now saying they believe in the presumption of innocence. This now defines them,” Hannity concludes.
During a Capitol Hill press conference on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that confirmation hearings are “not a criminal trial” but a “fact-finding proceeding.” He told reporters, “There is no presumption of innocence or guilt when you have a nominee before you.”
“Democrats are now the party of no due process,” Hannity continued. “They are the party of no presumption of innocence.”
The syndicated radio host and conservative powerhouse explained what motivated Democrats to stoop so low to kill the Kavanaugh nomination. “They only want power for themselves. Are they talking about the economy, about security for the American people?” he asked.”
Again, Graham repeated the same arguments while addressing his colleagues during Kavanaugh’s interview with the committee. “Boy, y’all want power,” Graham said, savaging his Democratic colleagues. “God, I hope you never get it.”
Twenty-four-hours earlier, Hannity discussed the importance of “get[ting] this right.” He told his audience that “there will be no good people in this country that ever want to serve their country for decades to come. Why would they? They are not doing it for the money.”
Like many of the Republicans on the committee who apologized profusely to Kavanaugh for the damage that all of the political maneuvering did to his family, Hannity also offered his remorse. “These are real people, unfortunately, these are real lives when you say that someone is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a gang rapist, real families,” he said.
In another sign that Hannity and Graham were sharing notes, the two conservatives met following the Kavanaugh hearings. Hannity called the South Carolina’s statement before the committee the most powerful single speech of his career.
Hannity finished by hoping for a conservative route in November. “All of this, I hope you remember in 41 days,” he said.