On Friday, former President Donald Trump’s lawyers redeemed themselves after Monday’s opening debacle and presented overwhelming evidence to Senate jurors that clearly showed dozens of high-profile Democrats using inflammatory calls-to-action to spark outrage against the former president amongst their constituents.
According to Fox News, network host Sean Hannity doubled down on the defense presented by Trump’s attorneys, arguing that a clear double standard exists on the Democrat side, as the host rhetorically asked where the outrage was when Democrats were telling their followers to harass and attack Trump’s Cabinet members and supporters.
Hannity pointed first to an incident that happened in May 2020 in which liberal, anti-Trump protesters attempted to breach the White House, which triggered extreme, high-security alerts — the highest alert since September 11, 2001. He indicated that at the time, the “left” didn’t seem too bothered by the attempt.
He went on to point out several instances of anti-Trump demonstrators showing up to the home of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and various incidents when Trump’s former staff would be harassed while dining out with family, which is something that former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders experienced.
“Where was the outrage when Rand Paul and his wife were attacked after the RNC? Where was the outrage when Rand Paul was viciously assaulted by a neighbor?” Hannity said.
The Fox News host and close Trump ally pivoted to the violence and destruction that accompanied the racial justice riots that devastated numerous American cities over the summer of 2020, calling out Democrats for encouraging their supporters to “fight” but never being punished for their rhetoric.
“As it turns out, Democrats never had a problem with violent rhetoric,” Hannity said. “As long as Republicans or conservatives or Donald Trump are the targets.”
Still, Democrats’ chances of securing a conviction against the former president lessened even more on Saturday, as according to the Associated Press, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signaled that he will vote to acquit the 45th president, which means that the number of Republicans needed for a conviction — 17 — will be virtually impossible to secure.