Comedian John Fugelsang blasted Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday, accusing him of kissing up to “lawless” guests like Cliven Bundy, Oliver North or George Zimmerman in an effort to stay in the good graces of his conservative viewers.
“Here’s the body count: Bill Ayers, zero deaths. George Zimmerman, one,” Fugelsang told Hardball guest host Steve Kornacki. “Oliver North sold weapons to the same Iranians who killed our Marines in Beirut. Sean Hannity loves lawlessness when it suits his id.”
This week, Fugelsang said, has brought about a role reversal, with Hannity taking the side of Bundy — the Nevada rancher who refuses to recognize the federal government and pay grazing fees for his cattle — and Daily Show host Jon Stewart siding with government officials.
On Monday, Stewart skewered what he described as Hannity’s hypocritical support for “welfare rancher” Bundy, while Hannity responded the following night by saying Stewart was the real hypocrite for not questioning President Barack Obama regarding his relationship to former Weather Underground member Ayers.
“Sean Hannity’s standing up for a lawless, socialist welfare queen,” Fugelsang said. “Sean Hannity has one job: to keep people who were wrong about everything for the last 20 years thinking they’ve been right about everything. His show is like an IV drip for denial for the ‘get off my lawn’ demographic.”
After Kornacki said that “everybody who’s on cable news” lived in fear of being taken to task by Stewart and his writing team, his other guest, actress and commentator Nancy Giles said it didn’t take much of an effort for The Daily Show to do that to Hannity.
“The comedy is built in every time Sean Hannity opens his mouth,” Giles said. “What I find interesting is, Jon Stewart’s a comedian. He doesn’t pose [as] a journalist. All he has to do to show Hannity’s ridiculousness is just get the clips where Sean Hannity will completely violate what he’s fighting for with the Bundys.”
Watch the discussion, as aired on MSNBC on Wednesday, below.
WATCH: Roger Stone greeted with ‘Lock Him Up!’ chants after getting sentenced to 40 months
Trump ally Roger Stone frequently led chants of "Lock her up!" about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign -- but on Thursday, the table decisively turned.
After Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for charges of perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice, a crowd of people greeted the right-wing dirty trickster by chanting, "Lock him up!" outside the courthouse.
At least one supporter of President Donald Trump tried to get a "pardon" chant going, but they were drowned out by the louder "Lock him up" chants.
Watch the video below.
Meghan McCain laughs in Matt Gaetz’s face as the Trump-loving congressman flops on The View
Rep. Matt Gaetz loudly argued with "The View" panelists over President Donald Trump's pardons.
The Florida Republican immediately started an argument with Joy Behar, and conservative Meghan McCain laughed in his face for defending a possible pardon for Trump friend Roger Stone -- who was convicted of lying to Congress and threatening a witness in the Russia probe.
"Oh come on, congressman," McCain said, laughing as Gaetz sputtered. "Come on, he's the swampiest swamp creature."
Gaetz started shouting about former President Bill Clinton's pardons, and claimed the presidential pardon power was a vestige from the British monarchy -- which gave the "sovereign" the authority to extend "unlimited grace."
CNN’s Elie Honig praises DOJ lawyers for revolt against Barr: ‘Like students rising up against the oppressive headmaster’
CNN legal analyst Elie Honig on Thursday heaped praise upon Department of Justice prosecutors who disregarded many of the changes to sentencing guidelines for convicted Trump ally Roger Stone that were made by Attorney General Bill Barr.
When asked by CNN's Kate Bolduan for his reaction to the prosecutors' actions, Honig responded enthusiastically.
"I applaud what this prosecutor is doing," he said. "And as a DOJ alumni on the front lines trying cases, I'm so impressed by this. This is like the scene [in a movie] where the students rise up and push back against the oppressive headmaster."