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‘This is not a time for half measures’: Sean Hannity demands that House Speaker Boehner step down

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Fox News host Sean Hannity demanded on Tuesday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) vacate his position, accusing Boehner once again of ignoring conservative Republicans, The Hill reported.

“The American people need bold inspiring solutions to reverse the damaging policies of the President and his party,” Hannity said in an email to conservative news site Breitbart.com. “This is not a time for half measures. It’s time for new dynamic leadership in the House of Representatives.”

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Hannity also argued that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) should take over for Boehner, citing Gowdy’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. He also renewed his criticism of Boehner for allowing the $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus” spending bill to pass earlier this month, linking Boehner to President Barack Obama, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD).

“John Boehner has snubbed and ignored conservatives for too long as evidenced by the recent cromnibus budget deal he made with Obama, Reid and Hoyer,” Hannity wrote. “It’s time he step aside for the good of country and the conservative movement.”

Hannity’s statement was released amid Boehner’s defense of new House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). On Monday, Scalise admitted to speaking before a white nationalist group, the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), 12 years ago.

“More than a decade ago, Representative Scalise made an error in judgment, and he was right to acknowledge it was wrong and inappropriate,” Boehner said in a short statement of his own on Tuesday. “Like many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I know Steve to be a man of high integrity and good character. He has my full confidence as our Whip, and he will continue to do great and important work for all Americans.”

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Scalise, who was a state representative at the time, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he did not remember speaking at EURO’s event.

“When you look at the kind of things they stand for, I detest these kinds of views,” he said. “As a Catholic, I think some of the things they profess target people like me. At lot of their views run contradictory to the way I run my life. I don’t support some of the things I have read about this group. I don’t support any of the things I have read about this group, but I spoke to a lot of groups during that period. I went all throughout South Louisiana.”

The group’s founder, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, suggested to Fusion that he would expose his connections to other Republicans if the criticism against Scalise did not stop.

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“If Scalise is going to be crucified — if Republicans want to throw Steve Scalise to the woods, then a lot of them better be looking over their shoulders,” Duke said.

Earlier this month, Hannity blasted Boehner on his show, comparing him to Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber.

“He never would have done this before the election,” Hannity said of Boehner. “He has no inspiring vision, and to me, he’s everything that’s wrong with Washington. He’s Democratic Party-lite.”

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