On Tuesday longtime Fox News host Sean Hannity welcomed former Democrat National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile to the network by inviting her onto his show, “Hannity,” so he could grill her to smithereens in a fast-paced “lightning round” debate over various issues.
The scorching, oftentimes hilarious grilling started right away thanks to the former DNC chair’s refusal to stick to the “lightning round” rules and keep her answers sweet and to the point.
“Medicare for all is going to be $3.3 trillion for every year for ten years. And people like Kamala Harris say that people would have no choice at private health care. Do you agree with that?” Hannity initially asked.
It was a simple yes/no question. And yet …
Watch Brazile’s reply below:
“We are in the beginning of a very extensive conversation. It is not just about radicalism, it is about making sure that Americans …,” she began bloviating, only to be cut off.
“This is the lightning round, I’m asking Donna Brazile …,” Hannity said.
“Come on, boo!” a frustrated Brazile replied. ” I can’t do two minutes!? You gotta give me time to explain.”
Boo? Oh my …
Hannity: “We are going to go through the list … After the list then I will let you expand. How’s that?”
Brazile: “Over 56% of the American people support some form of Medicare for all, Medicare plus, etc.”
Hannity: “Should people be allowed to get private insurance?”
Brazile: “If they want to keep their private insurance and maintain it as I would.”
Hannity: “You disagree with Kamala. Next question.”
The entire 12-minute interview fared like this.
As of Wednesday morning, the clip above boasted almost 2,000 dislikes versus just about 750 likes. Most of Fox’s base have not taken kindly to Brazile being hired as a contributor, especially in light of the network’s galling treatment of conservative host Judge Jeanine Pirro.
Pirro has reportedly been suspended and may be on her way out permanently because of allegedly Islamophobic remarks she made two weeks ago about anti-Semitic congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
The timing of Brazile’s hiring has some convinced that Fox News has traded Pirro, one of the few bona fide conservative commentators on TV, for a Democrat operative who during the 2016 presidential election helped then-Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton cheat in a CNN-hosted primary debate.
The announcement Tuesday by Fox News Channel’s parent company, Fox Corporation, that it’s tapped widely despised former House Speaker Paul Ryan to serve on its board of directors has only exacerbated the sentiment that the network is — in its attempts to be more “fair and balanced” — swinging far too much toward the left and the establishment right.
Despite the base’s animosity toward the former DNC chair, Hannity is clearly making a sincere attempt to welcome her to the network. Hannity has a history of befriending his ideological opponents.
Recall the chummy relationship he had with liberal political commentator Alan Colmes. Though the two disagreed on every issue, they remained the best of buds til Colmes’ tragic death two years ago.
— michelekirkBPR (@michelekirkBPR) February 23, 2017
It appears that Hannity hopes to develop the same friendship with Brazile.
In fact, toward the end of the debate Tuesday, he even offered to let her fill-in for him sometime.
“One day you should fill in on my show and host the show,” he said.
“Sean, can you imagine if I could be Sean Hannity for like 30 minutes a night?” Brazile replied. “Come on, baby.”
Oh my …
“You can handle it. You’ll be good,” Hannity said.
“By the way, thank you,” Brazile replied. “It is a great honor. I know we do not always agree, but the fact that you allow me on to give you my views and my two cents, I appreciate it. And thank you.”
That’s great that they’re able to look beyond their political differences, but that doesn’t mean Hannity’s fans are pleased by the interaction.
Who was repulsed by Donna Brazile and even Sean Hannity tonight?
Sean, I’m on your side always, but your love fest with that POS was sickening.
And in light of the Judge Jeanine thing – totally wrong.
Brazile is an enemy.@seanhannity
— ??AnthemRespect?? (@AnthemRespect) March 20, 2019
Donna Brazile? Really?
Turned you off. Every time she’s on I turn you off. She screwed over our president by being a scandalous cheat for the Democrats I can’t support that.
— Go Trump (@GKeile) March 20, 2019
@seanhannity I’m rethinking my news source for truth after Sean’s interview with Donna Brazile,especially after Sean accused her for giving Hillary the question in the debate and now he seems to be emracing her as a colleague. I feel betrayed. I will rely on just online sources.
— JT (@JT69406262) March 20, 2019
How did you enjoy your love feast last night with the lying and criminal Donna Brazile?
It seems to me, Sean, that you are no better than the RINOs you so diligently rail against…sell out!
One America News Network is now my source for news…
— Dr. MJF (@FrazierBrave) March 20, 2019
I turned the channel when a saw Donna in your show. I didn’t watch Fox all day. Very mad that traitor Paul Ryan is there too. They are becoming the channel that will be against Trump. Watching OANN, Newsmax,RT they are becoming better than Fox.
— VERA L YLVISAKER (@l_ylvisaker) March 20, 2019
@seanhannity I will not watch Donna brazile#I will Not watch your show
— Maretta Trani (@tony6437) March 20, 2019
Let’s see,Fair and Balanced is gone, no Trumper Ryan hired by Fox, cheater Donna Brazil hired and Judge Jeanine is suspended for speaking her mind and the truth…sounds to me Fox is going left and abandoning our President…and sounds like the end of Fox…I for one am out!
— ??Vinny?? (@bitohoney33702) March 20, 2019
While frustration over Pirro’s suspension and Ryan’s hiring is understandable, is exasperation over Brazile’s appearance on “Hannity” warranted?
Maybe, but whenever a virulently left-wing mainstream media hires a conservative contributor (which happens very rarely, FYI), the triggered snowflakes on the left throw a fit.
The question conservatives have to ask themselves is whether mirroring the left’s pathetic behavior is such a great idea …