Last Updated on January 5, 2023
Sean Hannity has been skewered by large swaths of the conservative base after a hostile interview with U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) in which the Fox News host yelled and talked over her while urging support for McCarthy. At one point, Hannity even compared Boebert and her fellow McCarthy detractors to the radical left. As a result, conservatives have flooded social media to voice their displeasure with Hannity and support for the anti-McCarthy movement.
Earlier in the day, Boebert nominated U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) and called on former President Trump to ditch McCarthy in favor of him. “Let’s stop with the campaign smears and tactics to get people to turn against us, even having my favorite president call us and tell us we need to knock this off,” Boebert said on the House floor Wednesday. “I think it actually needs to be reversed. The president needs to tell Kevin McCarthy that, ‘Sir, you do not have the votes and it’s time to withdraw.’”
She later went on Sean Hannity’s program in order to defend her position, but was unable to do so as Hannity did not allow her to talk without yelling and interrupting.
“Isn’t it time for you and your side to pack it in considering he [McCarthy] has over 200 [votes] and you have 20?” Hannity asked the Colorado congresswoman.
“I understand the frustration. I promise you,” she replied.
“I’m not frustrated,” Hannity interrupted. “You didn’t answer my question.”
“There are more for us than against us,” Boebert stated.
“I asked you a simple question congresswoman; ya know I feel like I’m getting an answer from a liberal,” the Fox News host said at one point. At that point, Boebert replied by saying that she will not be supporting McCarthy and called for the GOP conference to agree on a consensus candidate.
“You will not abide by what you told President Trump you’d abide by?” Hannity asked. “I love President Trump. You’re not turn me on him. You’re not going to pit him against me. I love you. I love President Trump,” Boebert replied.
Lauren Boebert: "I am not going to support Kevin McCarthy."
Hannity: "You will not abide by what you told President Trump you'd abide by?"
Boebert: "I love President Trump. You're not turn me on him. You’re not going to pit him against me. I love you. I love President Trump." pic.twitter.com/b0VA42JEP1
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The interview did not go over well with the conservative base, only adding to prior frustration stemming from Hannity’s relentless promotion of Dr. Mehmet Oz over Kathy Barnette in the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate primary. Hannity repeated numerous leftist talking points in his attacks on Barnette and even went so far as to attack her for attending Trump’s peaceful rally on January 6, 2021.
“Sean Hannity is insufferable,” said popular influencer ALX in reference to the Boebert interview. “Sean Hannity is Kevin McCarthy’s strongest soldier, which explains why he’s lost six Speaker ballots in a row,” wrote the Free Columbia Bugle.
War Room host Steve Bannon demolished Hannity and heaped praise upon Boebert following the disastrous interview, stating that Boebert “bench-pressed” Hannity.
“Hannity has gotta understand something, if you’re gonna bring it, you gotta bring it. She bench-pressed you brother. It’s kind of embarrassing, right?” Bannon said. “She benched-pressed Hannity, it’s embarrassing. He’s had one too many softball things with his buddy Lindsey [Graham].”
Steve Bannon says Lauren Boebert “bench-pressed” Sean Hannity, pic.twitter.com/bQfY4Gx8nW
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Boebert and her fellow McCarthy detractors have stated that they will hold firm when Congress reconvenes at noon on Thursday.