Fox News Host Sean Hannity has made it clear for months that he believes Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has the right policies to fix what Hannity believes is wrong with America.
He also made it very clear Friday night that the Republican presidential candidate’s vulgar conversation in a leaked 2005 tape was beyond the pale.
“Nobody’s going to defend this. You can’t defend this. It is wrong. It is inappropriate. It is outrageous. I don’t think anybody’s going to argue with that,” he said.
Hannity, however, suggested that is a difference between rightly condemning Trump for language Trump should never have used and using that language as fodder for the presidential campaign.
“We cannot allow selective moral outrage,” Hannity said, listing off a litany of former President Bill Clinton’s affairs, including the alleged 1978 rape of Juanita Broaddrick, an affair with Paula Jones for which she was paid off and the White House affair with ex-intern Monica Lewinsky. He noted that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been complicit in the cover-ups of the incidents.
“Is there a double standard for Republicans that have standards and Democrats that have none?” Hannity asked.
“(Hillary Clinton) has done things that are illegal,” Judge Jeanine Pirro said on the show, who called the tape a conversation “between two high schoolers.”
Guest Monica Crowley noted that although at one level, the moral aberrations of Clinton and Trump come down to a question of which was worse — words or actions — the real question is how Trump will respond now that there is clearly a pattern of incidents from his past being used to smear his campaign.
That dichotomy between words and deeds was cited by one of Trump’s top female supporters Friday night as she was interviewed by CNN.
“These words are horrible, they’re dreadful, they’re appalling, they’re foul,” Scottie Nell Hughes said. “But I will say this: The words of Donald Trump from 11 years ago are bad, but they’re not near as bad as the actions of Hillary Clinton since she’s been in office.”
CNN’s Erin Burnett then asked if Trump’s comments changed anything for Hughes personally.
“What this did to me personally, it proved to me Mr. Trump has not always wanted to run for office, his entire life has not been to get elected and say things to pander to people to get elected,” Hughes said.
Dana Perino, appearing on The O’Reilly Factor, said Trump’s tape hit a new low for her.
“I understand that it is ‘locker room talk’ but I have never heard that kind of language spoke by a grown person,” she said. “Particularly one who wants to be president of the United States.”
She noted that Hillary Clinton has used the tape skillfully to her advantage.
“(Clinton) has a problem with young millennial women. They’re not enthusiastic about voting for her,” Perino said. “So, what are they enthusiastic about? … Fighting back against unwanted advances from men who are in powerful positions, celebrity, politics or in management who think they can get away with that.”
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