Fox News host Sean Hannity stated that the Republican Party is “dead” and that it is incumbent upon those who believe in the Trump agenda to stand with the president against the “deep state’s” efforts to remove him from office.
Appearing on the premier episode of Breitbart News Tonight on SiriusXM on Tuesday, host Steve Bannon asked Hannity to speak on the “nullification project,” in other words: the effort to nullify Trump’s victory.
“What we’ve now done is criminalized political differences,” observed Hannity.
He added that conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s characterization is apt: “This is a silent coup.”
Hannity pointed specifically to Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
“This is about the impeachment of the president. This is not about Trump-Russia collusion,” he told Bannon.
Hannity offered the example of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who plead guilty to one count of lying to federal investigators about conversations he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
It is entirely appropriate for members of a president elect’s transition team to speak with foreign officials.
However, those in the “deep state,” Hannity argued, illegally leaked the Flynn phone transcripts to the media in order to build the Trump-Russia collusion narrative in the mind of the public, so a criminal investigation could be launched.
Hannity cited National Review columnist Andrew McCarthy’s Monday op-ed as a good overview of what he believes is happening.
McCarthy argued that Mueller’s Russia investigation is clearly no longer about collusion, but has morphed into an obstruction of justice investigation focused on the president.
Therefore, “it’s an impeachment investigation.”
“If the FBI had a collusion case of some kind, after well over a year of intensive investigation, Flynn and (George) Papadopoulos would have been pressured to plead guilty to very serious charges — and those serious offenses would be reflected in the charges lodged against (Paul) Manafort,” wrote McCarthy.
“Obviously,” he continued, “the pleas and the indictment have nothing to do with collusion because Mueller has no collusion case.”
In the absence of collusion, McCarthy contended that Mueller is trying to build a case for the ancillary “process crime” of obstruction.
Hannity also expressed his doubts about the Republican Party in light of many members failure to keep their campaign promise to repeal Obamacare or truly investigate the deep state’s wrongdoing.
“Here’s my view on the Republican Party,” said Hannity. “It is a dead party. They are morally corrupt, they are weak. They are ineffective, they’re vision-less, and they have no identity.”
On political grounds, Hannity stated, “I do believe I’ve never changed. I do believe the Republican Party left me.”
“And I feel,” he continued, “it is heartbreaking to me, because so many people trusted them in 2010, 2014 — Give us the House, give us the Senate — then they get the White House and they turn on a man that’s advocating the same principles that they have been quoting for years on the campaign trail.”
Hannity believes it will take vigilance to hold the GOP accountable and block efforts to bring down Trump.
“I think the only way to stop it is all of us and all of the people that mobilized in 2016 to get back, organized, fighting every day,” he said.
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