Sean Hannity seemed just a little defensive on his Fox News broadcast Monday night, while Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged connections of president Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and the supposed Russian operatives who had reportedly offered to dig up dirt on his opponent, Hillary Clinton, continued.
Earlier that day Trump's campaign former manager, Paul Manafort, had been indicted by Mueller's panel on a list of charges including conspiracy against the United States, while one of the president's former foreign policy advisors, George Papadopoulos, pled guilty to lying to the FBI about meetings with Russian contacts.
Understandably, Hannity was livid, but not at the Trump administration.
"Is this all Mueller has? Because if it is, it's pathetic," the Trump stalwart said, as he attacked an investigation by a man that was appointed under bipartisan consensus. Instead, he lashed out at Clinton, repeating the now debunked claim that it was she and her campaign that colluded with the Russian government.
In the midst of his invective, Hannity became so perceivably frazzled that he called the former secretary of state "President Clinton," which, let's be honest, gives her much more power than she actually has in this investigation.
"What did Hil — What did President Clinton — or what did President Clinton wannabe — President Obama and key members of the administration — What did they know about the Uranium One scandal?" Hannity rhetorically asked in a spiraling tirade.
Picking up on the very telling flub, Twitter set itself ablaze with hilarious fire.
Sean Hannity called Hillary "President Clinton". Huge if true. — Sean Kent (@seankent) October 31, 2017
Sean Hannity called Hillary the president and Lewandowski said Clinton administration so I guess they even think she should be president.
— kj martin🎃🍊🕷🕸💀☠ (@martin_kj) October 31, 2017
Hannity clapped back with all the civility and eloquence of president Trump — or a middle-school student — bragging about his ratings, talking about himself in the third person and quoting Clinton herself.
Omg. 20 minute monologue and a slip up. I should be fired! October ratings out in AM. Hannity #1 in all cable all demos thx all Deplorables https://t.co/28Ga9ILyQj — Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 31, 2017
It was not all pitchforks and torches, as the host suggested, however. At least one user on Twitter showed a more empathetic understanding to Hannity's slip-up.
Sean Hannity just called Hillary “President Clinton”... It’s okay Sean... She is the popular choice. — Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) October 31, 2017