Unlike many in the conservative media, Fox News host Sean Hannity never saw the point in declaring war on Donald Trump. And today, with Trump as the Republican nominee, Hannity is especially confused by those conservatives who have. He blasted members of the NeverTrump movement on his radio show Tuesday, telling them that he would hold them responsible if Hillary Clinton wins in November.
“You own Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court appointments. You own it,” he said. “You are doing everything you can do to cast doubt in people’s minds. Trump gave us a list. You own her Supreme Court nominees, you own her un-vetted refugees and the 550% increase she will bring into this country.”
In the course of his monologue, Hannity called out commentators like Glenn Beck and Jonah Goldberg specifically, telling his listeners that they and others were helping to put Clinton in office.
“We have a $4,100 increase in healthcare payments since Obama has been president. It’s only going to go higher. You get responsibility for that, too,” he said. “We have got 12 million more Americans on food stamps. If that increases, I’m going to blame you! We have 46 million total. Eight million more Americans living in poverty. Fifty million Americans in poverty. If that gets worse, I’m blaming you! You know, we have the worst home ownership in 51 years. If that gets worse, guess who I’m blaming? I’m blaming all of you!”
Alas, it’s destined to fall on deaf ears. This election has shown us which conservative media stars are really concerned about the future of the country and which ones aren’t. At the very least, it has separated the pragmatists from the idiots.
Maybe what it’s really done, though, is show us which conservative commentators really understand how devastating the Democratic Party is for this country. People like Goldberg, Beck, Bill Kristol, and Erick Erickson have spent eight years railing against Obama, but they seem, at best, apathetic about a Clinton presidency. Why? Because they opposed Trump in the primaries, and now they’re too prideful and embarrassed to leave that position behind. They’re going to cling to it all the way into election day, just so they can stand on the highest rock and show everyone how gloriously principled they are. That, to them, is more important than putting a Republican president in the White House.
Hopefully, they’ve gotten some pleasure from imagining that moment of glory, because that’s the only place it’s going to happen: in their imagination.