Sean Hannity is one of the most loyal and vocal supporters of President Donald Trump, but the Fox News host said Monday evening on his show that armed anti-lockdown protesters who are confronting security forces in some states are “dangerous” and a threat because they’re heavily armed.
Hannity noted that protesters in Michigan have been particularly militant, and he urged them to stand down:
“In Michigan — I’m the number one supporter of the First Amendment and the Second Amendment. Now, no one is a bigger defender of the Second Amendment than yours truly. Everyone has the right to protest, protect themselves, and try to get the country open. This, with the militia look here and these long guns? Uhhh, no.”
More specifically, Hannity warned that armed protesters are a threat to themselves and to the police:
“Show of force is dangerous. That puts our police at risk. And by the way, your message will never be heard, whoever you people are. No one should be attempting to intimidate officials with a show of force. And God forbid something happens, they’re going to go after all of us law-abiding Second Amendment people!”
Hannity comes out against armed protests: This with the militia look here and these long guns uhhh no. Show of force is dangerous. That puts our police at risk… No one should be attempting to intimidate officials with a show of force pic.twitter.com/glWU0uaEio
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) May 5, 2020
Trump has repeatedly spoken in support of the protesters, The Daily Beast notes:
“Hundreds of protesters, many armed with long guns, swarmed Michigan’s Capitol building last Thursday to rail against the state’s continued shelter-in-place orders amid the pandemic. Images of gun-toting protesters storming and crowding the state house sparked bipartisan criticism, though President Donald Trump called them ‘very good people.'”
A few minutes after Hannity had criticized the protesters, a panel that included former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee also discussed the protests, and Huckabee agreed wholeheartedly with the Fox host, remarking:
“Just because there’s some things we can do that doesn’t mean we should do.”
If Hannity and Huckabee feel so strongly about the matter, maybe they need to pick up the phone and call the White House.
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