t's been quite a week for conservative talk show host Sean Hannity. On Monday, his fans were smashing Keurig coffee machines to show their support for him and his lenient treatment of child molesters (we'll get to that in a second). Now, Hannity appears to have performed a complete 180 on his views. He's now calling for the child molester in question to turn himself in.
Roy Moore is the current Republican nominee in Alabama for the U.S. Senate.
He’s also been involved in several relationships with underage girls. According to a report by the Washington Post, Moore was engaged in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 years old. Another woman has come forward and claimed that Moore tried to rape her when she was 16. Obviously, this isn’t the kind of guy you want to be defending, right?
Well, that didn’t stop Sean Hannity.
Despite the accusations against Moore (and the fact that those accusations have been corroborated by dozens of people), talk show host Sean Hannity cautioned people not to be too hard on the Senate nominee.
“Every single person in this country deserves the presumption of innocence,” Hannity said. He appeared to be defending Moore’s actions and implying that the incidents had been consensual. Yikes.
As a result of Hannity's lax treatment of Moore, several of Hannity's sponsors — including Keurig — pulled their advertisements from the show. T
This inspired some of Hannity’s fans to “boycott” Keurig and smash the coffeemakers in protest. There are a few big problems with this plan. First of all, smashing a coffeemaker that you’ve already paid for does nothing to hurt the company.
Secondly, it's not really a good look to protest sponsors for pulling their ads from a show whose host appears to condone child molestation. Come on.
Whatever happened to the time when people thought child molestation was a bad thing? Remember Pizzagate? Sure, the guy was a conspiracy theorist nut job who fired an assault rifle inside a pizza parlor full of innocent bystanders, but at least he did it because he thought it was full of child molesters, so… plus?
Now, though, Hannity appears to have done a complete 180. During last night's show, he gave Roy Moore 24 hours to clear everything up or remove himself from the race.
“Here’s where I am tonight,” Hannity said after sharing an interview he held with Moore. “Between this interview that I did and the inconsistent answers, between him saying ‘I never knew this girl’ and then that yearbook comes out. For me, the judge has 24 hours. He must immediately and fully come up with a satisfactory explanation for your inconsistencies that I just showed. You must remove any doubt. If he can’t do this, then Judge Moore needs to get out of this race.”