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Sean Hannity begs conservative Congressmen for clarification: "Am I a false prophet?"

Maybe he's not a false prophet, but that's some mighty false humility Hannity has on display


Scott Eric Kaufman
September 29, 2015 5:42PM (UTC)

On "Hannity" Monday evening, Sean Hannity asked members of the Congressional Freedom Caucus -- the group of radical conservatives responsible, in part, for hounding House Speaker John Boehner out of office -- whether the charges leveled by the speaker against conservatives applied to him.

On "Face the Nation," Boehner noted that "the Bible says beware of false prophets -- and there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done." He added that "we got groups here in town, members, the House and Senate here in town who whipped people into a frenzy believing they could accomplish things that they know, they know are never going to happen."

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Hannity seemed to take this comment about Washington insiders as a personal affront, asking members of the caucus, "Do you think I am unrealistic? Am I a false prophet? Was there never a chance to defund Obamacare? Am I spreading noise and advancing a fool's errand? Am I unrealistic? Am I a false prophet?"

North Carolina Representative Mark Meadows answered that overlong, deliberately repetitive string of questions exactly as Hannity had intended -- with a firm "No" and a discussion about how the Congressional Freedom Caucus' "leadership teams" agreed with Hannity "to fight tooth and nail to represent the will of the American people."

Which was, of course, the point of Hannity's litany -- to create the impression that he's simply an ordinary, rational American whose views are by no means extremist. After all, only by mainstreaming a radically conservative vision of America can congressmen like Rep. Meadows claim that the Constitution gives him the responsibility to "close the purse" any time legislation he morally disagrees with is passed. Otherwise, as Hannity said, "Obama wins every time."

Idaho Representative Raul Labrador agreed, claiming that Boehner and the current GOP leadership "want to fund Planned Parenthood, they want to fund Obamacare [because] they have completely different goals than we conservatives."

Watch the entire segment below via Fox News.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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