Fox’s Sean Hannity continued his tirade against CNN media critic Brian Stelter on his radio show on Tuesday during a phone call with Donald Trump Jr., Media Matters reported
“The guy lectures me because I raise questions about, you know — Hillary’s falling down, she had health issues that were pretty significant, won’t release her health records, won’t release her speeches to Wall Street,” Hannity complained.
Stelter took Hannity to task for peddling “reckless speculation” about the Democratic presidential nominee’s health.
But Hannity did not mention that it was Associated Press reporter Lisa Lerer who debunked the argument by conservative media that Clinton “suffered a seizure” during an encounter with Lerer in June.
“Seemingly as ‘proof’ that something was amiss with Clinton, Hannity exclaimed: ‘Watch the reporter, like, pull back as she — the reporter got scared. And she keeps doing it. What is that?’ Lerer wrote. “Fox News never contacted me to ask that question. For the record, I wasn’t scared for a moment.”
Instead, Hannity focused on Stelter, calling him a “little pipsqueak [and] so-called media critic.”
“You’ve got Brian the stenographer Stelter, doing the bidding of Jeff Zucker,” he ranted. “They literally have a professor from the Kennedy School of Journalism, who calls your dad a demagogue and says ‘Well, demagogues, if they’re elected, that usually leads to dictatorship,” and the guy never questioned him.'”
Hannity and the younger Trump also indulged in another debunked argument concerning Mitt Romney’s performance in the 2012 election.
“How dare I point out that it’s a little odd to me that 59 districts in Pennsylvania in 2012, not one vote for Romney,” Hannity said. “59 districts, I’m sorry, but that seems odd to me.”
“Well, it’s different. If you’re a Democrat, you’re allowed to have the dead voting for you,” said Trump. “But if you’re a Republican, that would never happen.”
Except it did, in Philadelphia. As Billy Penn reported, City Commissioner Al Schmidt — a Republican — debunked the idea that there was malfeasance involved in the result, noting that it would be impossible to subtract votes from voting machines in the city, which has several districts that heavily lean toward Democrats.
Schmidt said voter fraud on the scale Hannity has proposed would require “hundreds of people engaging in a conspiracy, and no one finding out about it.”
The claim has subsequently been rated “Pants on Fire” by Politifact.
Listen to Hannity’s commentary, as posted by Media Matters, below.
Cars set on fire just blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent
The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.
The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.
The move comes hours after police were kneeling along with protesters.
WATCH: DC protesters turn over ‘agitator’ to police — then the agitators try to start a fight with cops
Protesters in Washington, D.C. were captured on video handing over an agitator to police, while other agitators in paintball tactical gear appeared to try and start fights with police.
Former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence, Frank Figliuzzi, revealed that his former colleagues and law enforcement he knows recognize that far-right agitators are attempting to start significant conflicts between police and protesters.
"There is a minimal presence of Antifa, but a far more disturbing presence of right-wing race-based hate groups, such as the Boogaloo Boys who think there will be a race-based civil war coming," he said on MSNBC.
Trump could use Antifa conspiracy theories to ‘investigate his political opponents’: Ex-FBI assistant director
According to former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi, there are far more white supremacists and anti-government agitators infiltrating the peaceful Black Lives Matter protests than Antifa. He fears Trump will use Antifa as an excuse to investigate his political opponents.
Speaking to MSNBC on Sunday evening, Figliuzzi told host Brian Williams that his sources in law enforcement are telling him that President Donald Trump doesn't have his facts straight on Antifa.
"We're seeing components of legitimate frustrated protesters responding to Mr. Floyd's demise and others," explained Figliuzzi. "Then we are seeing people who are exploiting this for their own purposes, and some of them are more than just opportunistic criminals. Some of them are organized, and some of them have diverse agendas but are coming together to wreak havoc. And I think what we need to pay attention to here is what we have evidence of, what we don't have evidence of, and what we're hearing from the White House and the attorney general."