We apologize in advance for yet another article about Sean Hannity’s antics, but the man makes it too easy and fact-checking him is fun.
Hannity is in the hot seat again after he slammed Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and suggested Booker had chosen to be silent about the allegations of sexual assault against Justin Fairfax, the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.
Earlier this week, politics professor Vanessa Tyson came forward publicly to accuse Fairfax of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.
The case has gotten a bit more complicated in light of the news that Virginia Representative Bobby Scott reportedly knew that the abuse had taken place but didn’t learn the “full scope of the allegation” until she spoke out. Scott used to date the accuser.
“Where is Kamala Harris? Where is ‘Spartacus’ Cory Booker? Where is Elizabeth Warren, who is in more trouble herself after claiming Indian heritage? Where is Kirsten Gillibrand?”
“Do they believe this accuser? Do they stand with all survivors of sexual abuse? Or only when it’s made against a Republican or a conservative? Is it just about politics, not about the cause?”
Sean Hannity: Do Dems really stand with all sex accusers? Or only when charges are made against Republicans? | Fox News https://t.co/ilCD4gsm3W
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) February 7, 2019
Hannity’s claim led to a spate of social media users, including former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, accusing Booker and other Democrats of looking the other way on the allegations in the age of #MeToo.
Come out come out, where ever yall are,
Where's the #me too possy when it comes to alligations made against both Cory Booker and Mr. Justin Fairfax. Not even a peek from all the media hypocrites who spoke about judge Kavanaugh everyday, shame shame shame. Life is good The L
— Lloyd King (@LloydKing18) February 8, 2019
@CoryBooker you went up one side of Kavanaugh and down the other. Where is your public outrage at Justin Fairfax. You are just another hypocritical Democrat and you think you should be President? #nojusticenopeace
— Mary Mazzarella (@MaryMazzarella2) February 7, 2019
So where did Hannity’s claim about Booker come from?
Who even knows? Have you watched Hannity?
The point is that Hannity was wrong to claim Booker hadn’t spoken out. In fact, he had, addressing the allegations on CNN.
Here’s CNN’s very own Manu Raju with the scoop:
Booker said allegation against Virginia’s Lt Gov. Fairfax is “deeply, deeply disturbing,” and the accuser should be commended for coming forward.
“I have not read the allegations but it takes tremendous courage for someone to come forward in the way that she did.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 6, 2019
Cory Booker added: ”This is a deeply disturbing allegation that should be thoroughly investigated.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 6, 2019
The news that Booker had not been silent on the accusations against Fairfax prompted Hannity to apologize on the air, though he did so in a very Hannity way:
By referring to Booker as “Spartacus,” a nickname coined by Hannity and others on the right following Booker’s public denunciations of Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who himself was accused by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault during a party the two attended as high school students in the 1980s.
“Finally, at least there’s one. Where’s Kamala? Where’s the rest?”
Hannity: "I said at the top of the show that Spartacus Booker has been silent on the Virginia Lieutenant Governor sexual assault allegations… early this evening rather, Spartacus spoke out to CNN." pic.twitter.com/Rpc3syVvbW
— Contemptor (@TheContemptor) February 7, 2019
People found this “apology” to be rather humorous, as you might have expected.
Well, @CoryBooker this feels like your first endorsement! If @seanhannity is taking time out of HIS "executive time" to find and hurl a name at you then he must see you as a viable threat! Thanks, Sean!
— Sue SWAZ (@SueSaysEnough) February 7, 2019
What???? Mr. Hannity admitting he was spewing fake news? Or was it just plain sloppiness and neglect? Bet that retraction tasted awful ….you can see it in his face lol
— Austin Fisher (@AustinF48543379) February 7, 2019
— Xraydave (@XrayDave1201) February 7, 2019
It’s just another day in Hannityville, folks.
We’re just along for the ride.