Sean Hannity, who earns tens of millions of dollars every year and aggressively evicts his own tenants who get behind on their rent, thinks government workers earning a fraction of what he does should suffer the “inconvenience” of going without pay in order to help super-wealthy Donald Trump get taxpayer funding for his border wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for.
According to Forbes, Hannity earned $36 million in 2018, alone. That does not seem to account for earnings from his real estate empire. Yet while Hannity oh, so sincerely professed “sympathy” for those who are “inconvenienced” by going without their paychecks, he did not offer to go without any of his own earnings to help tide them over. He did not even offer to go easier on any of his own working class tenants he so zealously evicts when they get behind on their rents, even when it’s due to hospitalization.
Hannity spoke with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) last night after Donald Trump’s Oval Office address. Predictably, Hannity ignored the fact checking on his own network, which preceded his show, in order to bolster Bedtime BFF Trump and perpetuate the fear mongering lies about immigrants.
Why Graham wanted in on the con is a mystery to me. But he laughably said about Trump’s address, “This is the most presidential I’ve seen President Trump. It was compelling and everything he said was true.” And, “Illegal immigration’s on the rise because our policies are attracting people here.” FACT CHECK: Fox News had just noted that government statistics find illegal immigration is on the decline.
Graham and Hannity dismissed the stress and hardship of the affected government workers (nearly 14% of whom earn less than $50,000 a year) as no biggie. Even as the pair feigned sympathy, they also suggested that it is the patriotic duty of government workers to sacrifice their financial safety nets for the cause. Yet neither Hannity nor Graham indicated they’d be making any of their own sacrifices.
HANNITY: I know it is inconvenient for those furloughed employees [Graham laughed]. I acknowledge and I can sympathize with them. I know their checks are going to be delayed in some cases and – but it’s a partial government shutdown. Essential services are up and running. And that constitutes what, two-thirds to seventy percent of the government stays open.
HANNITY: And I do want these people that have been furloughed to get back money, etcetera. But the point is, if the president doesn’t take the stand here, fully, do you see any other path that he can use, that he will get the money to stop the crimes from happening on our southern border? The drug trafficking, human trafficking, some criminal elements that want to cross over our border?
GRAHAM: I’ve been dealing with this since 2006. This is the best chance I’ve seen to get a deal. The president made a compelling case tonight for more border security and I think he is right to ask for more money to secure our border.
As to the government employees, I’m sorry you’re in the middle of this mess but you’ll get your back pay. You’re gonna be fully compensated. Ms. Singh [wife of a police officer killed by an undocumented immigrant] is not going to get her husband back. To all those people who have lost loved ones from illegal immigration, your loved ones are not coming back. So I’m bound and determined to see this thing through.
Yes, some (not all) workers will get their back pay. But in the meanwhile, they have to feed their families, get medicines, pay mortgages and rents, car payments, insurance, etc. Apparently, Hannity and Graham think that's a great deal in return for Trump's "big, beautiful wall."
HANNITY: The question is here, we’re talking about on the one hand we’re gonna have some people that work for our government that are inconvenienced. I am sympathetic to that. But I am also sympathetic to the parents that were on this program last night. I’m sympathetic to the five-month-old little boy of a police officer in California that will never see his father for the rest of his life. And I’m sympathetic to the victims of crime. Are your fellow Republicans willing to say life and death is more important than a delayed paycheck and an inconvenience?
GRAHAM: To my Republican colleagues, this is the best chance we’ll ever have to help President Trump get border wall funding, steel barrier funding and at the same time fix the loop holes. … If we’ll stand firm, put deals on the table that make sense, we will win this on behalf of the American people. But if we undercut the president, that’s the end of his presidency and the end of our party and we deserve to be punished if we give in now.
Watch Hannity and Graham all but openly admit that they don’t mind making working people suffer for the sake of partisan politics below, from the January 8, 2019 Hannity.
The Pence White House is forcing Coast Guard, Border Patrol and TSA to work without pay while they have their temper tantrum. They need to stop behaving like toddlers and begin to comport themselves as adults. If they cannot do so, then they should apologize to the American people for the conduct and step down. A budget was already agreed upon, including over a billion dollars for border security, which everyone supports. Trump reneged on his commitment to sign it and walked away after being threatened by Rush Limbaugh and other AM Radio voices along with Fox News. There’s nothing to this mess more complicated than that.
As for the deaths caused by undocumented immigrants, there are always isolated cases of criminals and of drunk drivers and the wreckage they leave. But putting up a giant middle finger concrete wall on the southern border will not change those facts. Criminals will continue to evade any walls by tunneling or swimming into the country, or by simply going around wherever the barriers are, as they always have. The real victims on the borders are the refugees who the Pence White House has knowingly targeted, trying to make their lives as miserable as possible as a negative message for the thousands who wish they could come here. The sheer inhumanity of the Right Wing on this issue is breathtaking – and these are pundits who wish to play themselves as nice Christians who care about others.
In Foxie land where dumb is king,
When Sean is on here’s what we sing:
When you spew right wing views
And your friends all hate Jews
That’s A Moron,
When you lie with such glee
With an I-Q of three
That’s A Moron,
Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And your friends will sal-i-vate,
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay
Don’t peddling hate pay so great,
When the spin makes you croak
Like a nut-zoid on coke
That’s A Moron,
When you bitch and you moan like a paranoid clone
When you rally your troops
With your big piles of poop
‘Scuz-a-me, can’t you see, here in reality
That’s A Moron, That’s A Moron, That’s A Moron!