Sean Hannity slammed white supremacists and anyone who supports their ideology as he called for a stop to the “lawlessness” being promoted by extremists on both sides of the political aisle.
The Fox News host condemned violent, left-wing Antifa protesters as well as right-wing, white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups following clashes during rallies held in Portland, Oregon over the weekend.
(Video: Fox News)
He addressed the groups during his monologue on “Hannity” Monday, saying that bigotry and hatred “have no place” in America.
“To each and every single person on either side that has an extreme agenda, you must stop this insanity — this lawlessness,” Hannity said.
“Police need to stop this and end it and drop it right when it starts,” he added. “This kind of behavior is unacceptable, it’s insane, it’s despicable, it’s violence, it’s extremism, and it’s hurting our country.”
He noted what Americans have in common and how to properly resolve differences.
“Let’s not forget, we can have political disagreements but at the end of the day, we are all Americans. We’re all created equal. We’re all one nation under God,” Hannity said. “In the United States, political differences — we solve them at the ballot box… We don’t need fists and baseball bats and mace.”
He went on to vow that his show would “always condemn” the hateful confrontations that lead to violence.
“This show will always condemn hatred on any side. White supremacy, bigotry, you have no place in this society. None whatsoever,” Hannity declared.
“People chanting ‘What we want: dead cops. When do we want ’em: now!’ You are radicals and you are hurting our country. You are putting the men and women that protect and serve us at risk,” he added. “If you are an Antifa extremist, the same goes to you. What do they have in common? They are all tied to sick, ugly, twisted ideologies.”
Later on during his show, the Fox News host commented that any conservative who supports white supremacy is “not a conservative to me.”
President Trump was giving “major consideration” to calling Antifa an “organization of terror” ahead of the weekend’s events in Portland. Businesses in the area closed for fear of violent outbreaks like the one in June in which journalist Andy Ngo was brutally attacked and said he sustained a brain injury during the assault.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler claimed his city was “very prepared” for dueling protests, promising swift action against anyone committing any acts of violence – though he failed to denounce Antifa groups directly.
Antifa thugs knock man unconscious, attack young girl. Portland mayor declares ‘largely peaceful event’ https://t.co/RnifyLDKTg
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 18, 2019
The Democrat later declared that the day was “largely peaceful” despite multiple incidents being reported of leftist thugs harassing people.
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