Judging by his Twitter activity, Sean Hannity was among those glued to the television during James Comey's ABC interview on Sunday. The Fox News commentator, a fierce critic of Comey and an unwavering supporter of President Donald Trump, live tweeted the broadcast and, predictably, slammed the former FBI director and host George Stephanopoulos.
Hannity, who has more than 3 million followers on Twitter, said he was "stunned" by the interview, writing that it was "the worst interview I have ever watched in my life." He added the hashtag. #Journalismisdead," for good measure.
His comments may be surrogates for the president's attempt to downplay both Comey's memoir and interview, both of which include scathing takedowns of Trump. On cable news, Hannity is arguably Trump's biggest supporter; the two often promote each other's work, and talking points from Hannity on Fox have been reflected in Trump's own statements and vice versa.
The former FBI director suggested that Trump was not "morally fit" to be president.
"A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it — that person’s not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds," Comey said during the ABC interview.
Hannity seemed chiefly concerned with the lack of questioning surrounding the Steele dossier and attacked Stephanopoulos for what he saw as signs of political bias. Stephanopoulos made a name for himself in the early 1990s as former President Bill Clinton's communications director and he later served as a senior advisor to the president.
By watching the show, Hannity appears not to have taken his own advice. Earlier in the evening, he tweeted several times imploring his followers to watch a show on Fox that had a time conflict with the Comey interview.
"James Comey is a disgraced, disgruntled, discredited individual fired from the FBI for lying and leaking,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said during an appearance on Fox News on Monday. "Only in Washington, D.C. could a proven, admitted liar and leaker be paraded around town as though he were the paragon of virtue. It’s quite frankly disgusting.”
Comey, who has never admitted to lying, said he didn't anticipate becoming an author, but felt an obligation to come forward.
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