As special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged Russian collusion has been reaching its endpoint, right-wing propagandists are now attempting to counter it in a bizarre way. They have been constructing an alternate reality where former President Barack Obama and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are the ones who are in serious legal trouble, not Trump.
In support of this parallel universe narrative, Trump-supporting Fox News opinions airer Sean Hannity recently went so far as to declare that some members of the FBI and the Department of Justice supposedly loyal to Clinton and the Democrats should be sent to jail.
On his show, Hannity went on a tirade that was even more unhinged than his usual fare, connecting Hillary supposedly “rigging” the primary election and Clinton’s vague alleged email offenses to the hyped-up memo that the far-right has been claiming documents the government’s abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA). Ranted Hannity about Hillary and the people he feels are her allies, “Let me tie it together. Hillary Clinton rigged the primary. If you’re a Bernie Sanders supporter, you should be pissed. Why you’re not, I don’t know. Even though there is incontrovertible evidence that she broke the law, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Loretta lynch all put the fix in and allowed her to stay in this presidential race.” He went on, “They ignore the rule of law, the Constitution, and Clinton and the DNC that she control then spend over $12 million to influence the election with a bought-and-paid-for dossier full of Russian lies and propaganda that was shipped off to the compliant media.”
Making sure to implicate Obama, Hannity continued, “The Obama administration weaponize the powerful tools of intelligence that we need to keep our country safe, but in this case, they used it to target members of the Trump campaign. This, so you understand, is so much bigger than Watergate. It’s about our Constitution, about the rule of law. It has been shredded. All because powerful people at the highest level in the DOJ and the FBI thought they knew better than you as to who should be president.” He finally concluded, dramatically, “There needs to be serious ramifications if we are going to save our country in all of this. People must be held accountable, they must be investigated, they must be indicted, and probably many of them thrown in jail.” Is this crazy rant from one of the president’s most vocal backers proof that Trump and his team are getting desperate? Watch the full clip below: