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Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Iraq War lies that just won’t die, another bigoted county clerk, an insipid hissy fit from a Glenn Beck acolyte, and Ted Nugent’s remarkable transformation! 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 five:

5. Sean Hannity

Some folks learn; other folks, you can’t teach ’em.

Media blowhard-in-chief Sean Hannity must have been trying to boost GOP ascendant candidate John Kasich’s conservative bonafides. When the Ohio governor spoke with the host of the eponymous chatterdome Hannity Wednesday night, they engaged in that regular Fox News past-time of rewriting history and casually smothering facts in a mudslide of smarmy insinuation.

Specifically, they revisited the fantasy of Saddam Hussein’s phantom weapons of mass destruction — a golden calf that Hannity, either disingenuously or betraying a mightily willful ignorance, still worships.

JOHN KASICH: Part of the problem was we got in the middle of a civil war because we thought Saddam had weapons of mass destruction–

SEAN HANNITY: I still think he did.

KASICH: Pardon?

HANNITY: I still think he did. I think he got them out in the lead up to the war. And I think he brought them to Syria.

KASICH: Well, you know, maybe he did, but the fact is — you know, look, the fact is that if — well you say he had them, I don’t know. There’s no evidence to say he had them.

Kasich’s sensible nature and apparent grasp of reality served him well in New Hampshire this week. But if he keeps this clinging-to-facts nonsense up, there’s no way he’s going to make it to the convention.

Hat tip and transcription courtesy of Media Matters

Next: Another intolerant county clerk