Philly elections inspector trounces Sean Hannity for "absurd & personally insulting" voter fraud conspiracy theory

Hannity cited Obama's 2012 shutout in inner-city Philadelphia to argue the 2016 race is "rigged" against Trump

Published August 8, 2016 4:30PM (EDT)

Sean Hannity   (Jeff Malet,
Sean Hannity (Jeff Malet,

Fox News personality Sean Hannity caught flak recently for pushing a false conspiracy theory from the 2012 election to corroborate GOP nominee Donald Trump's equally false claim that the 2016 election is "rigged."

"In 59 separate precincts in inner-city Philadelphia, that Mitt Romney did not get a single vote, not one," Hannity said — citing a 2012 report from The Philadelphia Inquirer — during last Tuesday's episode of "Hannity."

Hannity ignored historical precedent and attributed now-President Obama's shutout in the district to voter fraud. But, as MediaMatters pointed out back then, the 2010 census counted seven white residents (of 633 total) in those precincts.

And had Hannity read through the Inquirer article, he'd have seen the part that says, "In 2008, McCain got zero votes in 57 Philadelphia voting divisions."

Philadelphia elections inspector Ryan Godfrey wrote the following Twitter essay refuting Hannity's most recent claims:


(h/t MediaMatters)

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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