As Sean Hannity played a video that clearly shows Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski yanking reporter Michelle Fields, Hannity insisted the video didn’t show what everybody who isn’t a Trump supporter sees, including the police that just charged Lewandowski with battery.
Earlier in the day, Lewandowski was charged with one misdemeanor count of battery for allegedly manhandling Fields as she tried to ask Trump a question at the “Trump steaks” press conference. As The Washington Post noted, the police also released a video that directly contradicted what Trump and Lewandowski have said about the incident, that Lewandowski had never touched Fields, and instead shows him yanking her backwards. Post reporter Philip Bump has a GIF showing that Lewandowski lied.
After the video came out, Bump later reported, Trump and Lewandowski changed their stories to accuse Fields of threatening the candidate’s safety (though the Secret Service didn’t think so) and that Lewandowski yanked Fields in an effort to protect his boss.
But Hannity was so busy acquitting Lewandowski he never even mentioned the obvious Trump cover up. Even though Hannity claimed to be “friendly” with Fields.
HANNITY: Alright, let me ask you one other question that made a lot of news today. And in full disclosure, I'm friendly with both parties here. I know your campaign manager Corey Lewandowski very well. I know Michelle Fields, she's been a guest on this program a lot over the years. And I got to be honest. I looked at this tape at least 100 times today, to try and see -- and I have her original statement here, that she was, quote, "Jolted backwards, and somebody grabbed me tightly by the arm, yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground." Now, I'm showing the tape. I don't see that. I've -- and I've looked at it 100 times. You have stood by --
DONALD TRUMP: You have to look at her. You have to look at her and see what it's all about. Look, I have to stand by him. I looked at the tape. You know, it is my tape. I have a very great club that has cameras all over it for security reasons, and this is my tape. And as far as I'm concerned, you know I'm very glad that we were able to produce the tape, because I don't see anything. I see virtually nothing, and we're going to destroy a man's life over this? You know, they’re chopping off heads, they’re drowning people in the Middle East. We’re gonna destroy a man’s life? He’s got four beautiful children and a wife in New Hampshire and we’re gonna destroy his life because somebody makes a charge?
Of course, Trump was perfectly happy to ignore terrorism when he was sending out tweets mocking Heidi Cruz’s looks or threatening to "spill the beans" on her and when he spent valuable debate time to boast about the size of his penis.
But, of course, Hannity never challenged Trump on that. Nor did Hannity say a word in his “friend” Fields’ defense as Trump went on to, basically, call her a liar. You can hear Hannity murmuring his agreement as Trump claimed that Fields was the one to change her story.
Hannity also allowed Trump to play the victim - and make a veiled threat against the police.
TRUMP: I have to stick up for people. I think this was very unjust. Nobody called me, nobody interviewed me, I wasn’t interviewed by the police. I don’t know – they’re in a town where I have a very big investment. I’m trying to figure, are these Democrats, are these Republicans? Why would a man be destroyed over a tape like that? You see what happened.
Hannity interrupted only to reiterate his declaration that nothing had happened to Fields.
HANNITY: I looked at it a hundred times, and I know, as I said, I know both people. To me, it looked like the typical gaggle of reporters, you know, where the campaign is trying to get the candidate away, because they've answered enough questions. And everybody's moving on and she is trying to get in that last question. That's how I see it. I don't see any jerking. I don't see any pulling.
Watch it below, from the March 29 Hannity, via Media Matters.
Now regarding the facial expression on “Der Furor”: Of course he’s terminally constipated, because he’s always FULL OF S**T!
What’s with Long Dong Donald’s facial expression? Is he terminally constipated?