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Sean Hannity took CNN president Jeff Zucker to task on Fox News’ Hannity on Wednesday, calling him “CNN’s fake news president Jeff Zucker” in a segment on Democrats’ and the rival news network’s “selective moral outrage” over political violence.
The segment came hours after pipe bombs were sent to former President Barack Obama, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and CNN headquarters on Wednesday.
Hannity specifically called out the CNN president’s statement about the bomb threat, which slammed President Donald Trump. “There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media. The president, and especially the White House press secretary, should understand their words matter,” Zucker wrote in part.
“Even when they lie? You’re not allowed to call out lies?” Hannity asked in his response to the statement. “Blaming the president for an act of violence from an unknown perpetrator seems beyond shameful [for] a network that claims to put facts first.”
Hannity spent the majority of the segment slamming left-leaning politicians’ statements, however. Comparing Democrats’ calls to confront political opponents over hot-button issues with Wednesday’s attempted acts of domestic terrorism, Hannity said that the latest statements from the left condemning political violence in the U.S. were hypocritical.
“Meanwhile, the rhetoric from the left is constantly demonizing their political opponents. They need a big fat mirror to see how they say things,” the host said at the top of his show, while a placard reading “double standards” flashed behind him.
A few minutes in, he added, “All these networks, all day [have shown] selective moral outrage, have been silent up until today and frankly complicit” in the charged political climate.
To make his point, Hannity contrasted clips of left-leaning politicians calling on supporters to confront political opponents over issues with their statements condemning Wednesday’s bomb threats. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s call to a non-profit organization to “get up in the face of some Congresspeople” to help its mission to end homelessness, Joe Biden’s quote that he wished he could take President Donald Trump “behind the gym” during a rally for former presidential candidate Clinton and California Rep. Maxine Waters’ call for supporters to confront Trump officials about the zero-tolerance immigration policy (“they are not welcome anywhere, anymore”) were excerpted during the segment.
A suspicious package was mailed to Waters on Wednesday.
“What you just saw is a sad, pathetic double standard in the Democratic party. This is what I call phony political unity,” Hannity said of the clips of Democratic politicians.
He then argued that Democrats were hypocritical not to support Republicans’ calls for “civility” in the wake of incidents in which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were shouted out of restaurants.
“Let me tell you what it is: It’s unacceptable for everybody. But the left’s been silent, we’ve been outspoken,” he said.
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