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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hello, fellow warriors against Christmas. Please take your seat under this non-denominational spruce tree, next to this avowedly un-sacred crackling December fire. Everyone have their mug of profane winter nog? Good.

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number four:

4. Sean Hannity

Hannity gets a twofer this week.

On Wednesday, performing a postmortem on Tuesday night GOP debates, the Fox News host spoke with Sen. Rand Paul, specifically about his challenge to Donald Trump regarding the tycoon’s stated intention to attack the families of terrorists.

Paul explained that deliberately targeting children, bystanders, and non-combatants was contrary to American values, not to mention the Geneva Convention.

Hannity’s response: “I’m not so sure if I agree with all the Geneva Conventions.”

Hannity’s other memorable moment for humanity this week:

There’s a refrain we’ve heard time and time again when conservative pundits want to make excuses for the senseless deaths of unarmed men of color — “He’s no angel.” That line got a revamp when Hannity said of Freddie Grey, the 25-year-old black man in Baltimore whose spine was severed at the neck as he was being bounced around a paddy wagon unrestrained. “He was clearly not a pillar of his community,” Hannity said.

Hannity cited Gray’s “past arrest record” and “maybe the likelihood that he’s up to no good” as reasons why we should, presumably, overlook the fact that he was seen in a video recording, writhing in agony as we was being arrested, and that he slipped into a coma and died days later.

(Charges were brought against the officers involved. The first trial for one of them ended in a mistrial Thursday after three days of deadlocked jury deliberation.)

Hannity clarified that, for the purposes of the officers’ trials, Gray’s arrest record “doesn’t matter legally in the court — but it matters in reality.

For Sean Hannity, human life is really only precious in a narrow set of circumstances: You must be a pillar of your community, as he defines it, and you’d better be far, far away from any place President Trump might be itching to bomb.

Next: Carly Fiorina

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