It has been announced that Trump will meet with Kim Jong-un of North Korea sometime soon, something no American president has ever done with a North Korean dictator. And Sean Hannity, not even pretending to be anything but a pathetic, hypocritical hack, is praising Trump for this great victory.
Hannity wasted no time in congratulating Trump for the news. At the opening of his show, Hannity said: “Huge breaking news tonight: President Trump scoring a big win and possibly averting a major global nuclear crisis tonight with North Korea.” After Fox White House correspondent John Roberts explained the news, Hannity called it a “historic day by any measure.”
Then, while discussing the news with two guests, Hannity grandly opined on the “philosophy” behind Trump’s actions, saying that the “one consistent thing that we see as we look through history is that capitulation and appeasement never works. Peace through strength — it’s not just a slogan; it is a philosophy. And the only way to get respect is to stand strong in the face of tyranny.”
As always, the Wayback Machine shows a totally different story when Obama said in an interview that he would be open to meeting with him under the right circumstances if he thought it would help avoid a nuclear North Korea and preserve the peace.
During the May 15, 2008, edition of his Fox News show, Hannity referenced Obama’s answer and asked former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: “After Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, before we were at war with Nazi Germany, do you think it would be wise — would have it been wise for us to engage in talks with him?” Later during the same show, Hannity asked former Republican Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.) the same thing: “After the Nazis invaded Poland, before we were at war with them, is it fair to ask the question, ‘Would you have met with Hitler in 1939?’ Would that be fair in this campaign to get a perspective of where he’s coming from, with the Obama doctrine?”On October 26, 2008, Hannity returned to Obama’s reply, calling it “one of the most disturbing displays of Obama’s lack of foreign policy expertise.” He then suggested that Obama would be “the new Jimmy Carter.”
He flipped out when Obama just wrote a letter to Kim Jong-un, for crying out loud. No American president has ever met with the current dictator, his father or his grandfather before him. The standard foreign policy position, especially among Republicans, has long been that doing so would be a very bad idea because it would elevate them on the world stage and make them seem like our equals, and it would be used for propaganda purposes within North Korea. But when Trump does it, his bootlicking sycophants suddenly think it’s a more of pure genius that just shows how brilliant he is.
Confirmation bias, motivated reasoning, tribalism — all are clearly at play here. Like his hero, Hannity will say anything at any given moment that suits his agenda and defends his already-chosen alliances, then turn around and say the exact opposite five minutes later when that analysis changes. And he’s utterly shameless about it, secure in the knowledge that his audience will lap up every drop of it and the money will keep flowing in.