Sean Hannity has been a major supporter of President Donald Trump. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has not. But despite the opposition, Graham still identifies as a Republican. For how much longer? Hannity is starting to take bets.
In a Twitter shot across the bow Saturday (March 4), Sean took aim at a recent town hall that Graham had during which he spoke briefly on President Trump’s wiretapping allegations against former President Barack Obama.
Before getting into what Sean Hannity said about Graham, here are the comments that started the Fox News host’s speculation.
“I’m very worried that our President is suggesting that the former President’s done something illegally,” Graham told the town hall audience in comments reported by CNN.
“I would be very worried if, in fact, the Obama administration was able to obtain a warrant lawfully about Trump campaign activity with foreign governments…. So it’s my job as a United States senator to get to the bottom of this. I promise you I will.”
Upon hearing the comments, Sean Hannity approached his fellow “deplorables,” stating the following.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 4, 2017
It is not clear if Sean Hannity heard all of Graham’s remarks from the meeting. Later on, he told the audience that he was “going to try to help our president, Donald Trump, be successful as possible because, No. 1, I agree with him mostly…. I’d like to get this country moving again.”
Despite the apparent show of support, however, Graham and Trump’s differences with each other are well-documented, thus driving the speculation of Sean Hannity and others responding to the tweet.
Graham was an early entrant in the crowded Republican primary and took early shots at the President, calling him a “jacka**” twice and prompting one of Trump’s most famous counterpunches of the campaign when he criticized Graham for asking for help to get on the show Fox & Friends.
Trump capped off the ridicule by sharing Graham’s actual cellphone number with the public. “Give it a shot,” he said.
A spokesperson for Graham’s campaign then issued a statement that said, “Donald Trump continues to show hourly that he is ill-prepared to be commander in chief,” adding that because of Trump’s “bombastic and ridiculous campaign, we aren’t talking about Obama’s horrible deal with Iran or Hillary Clinton’s plans to continue Obama’s failed national security agenda.”
Graham also attempted to play down the effects of the cellphone reveal by asking his Twitter followers, “Probably getting a new phone. iPhone or Android?”
By the time the Republican primary made it to Graham’s home state, Graham was no longer in the race having suspended his campaign two months prior, and Trump had won all 50 delegates with 33 percent of the vote, according to NBC News.
Sean Hannity has been critical of the Senator ever since. Media Matters reports that in December 2016 Hannity called him an “idiot” over his claims that Russia was involved in an election hack.
— Deplorable Emy (@Emy4Trump) March 5, 2017
The bad blood started before then, however. In June 2015, Sean Hannity took issue with remarks from Graham that people like him and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow were polarizing American politics.
The Senator told Hannity, in an exchange reported by Politico, that he had “come to conclude that the Republican Party and the country as a whole needs to knock off some of this stuff.”
Sean argued that it was okay to be “polarizing,” citing Martin Luther King, Jr., and former President Ronald Reagan as two men who were good for the country precisely because of how polarizing they were.
As for Hannity’s Saturday tweet, Graham has yet to respond. Inquisitr will update should he choose to do so.
What do you think, readers?
Is Sean Hannity right or wrong about the South Carolina Senator’s desire to switch parties? Sound off in the comments section below.