I rarely listen to Sean Hannity’s radio show, a fact that once led my dad to accuse me of being *shudder* a Democrat. It’s not that I necessarily disagree with what Hannity says. My problem is that I feel like he’s more showmanship than substance when it comes to talking about, and explaining, conservative issues.
I’m also not a fan of the way Hannity seems to unabashedly support Donald Trump. Anyone who has paid an ounce of attention over the past few weeks knows that Trump says a lot of dumb things. Especially on Twitter. The man is missing the filter that goes between his brain and what his fingers type on his phone’s Twitter app. Many conservatives have called Trump out over the things he says, and I wish Hannity would do it a little more often.
That said, I do agree with something Hannity said a couple of days ago on his radio show.
“If in 96 days Trump loses this election, I am pointing the finger directly at people like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham and John McCain,” Hannity said. “I have watched these Republicans be more harsh toward Donald Trump than they’ve ever been in standing up to Barack Obama and his radical agenda.
“They did nothing, nothing — all these phony votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, show votes so they can go back and keep their power and get reelected,” Hannity continued. “Sorry, you created Donald Trump, all of you. Because of your ineffectiveness, because of your weakness, your spinelessness, your lack of vision, your inability to fight Obama.”
He added: “I’m getting a little sick and tired of all of you. I am, honestly, I am tempted to just say I don’t support any of you people ever.”
The main reason Donald Trump won the Republican Primary is because he tapped into an extremely large pool of voter anger and resentment over those now in power. It’s been a few years since conservatives swept Tea Party Republicans into office. It was a message to other Republicans holding office that things had to change. That they needed to stand up to President Obama and the Democrats that passed harmful legislation like the “Affordable” Care Act.
But that didn’t happen. The Republicans in charge refused to listen. They resisted the call-to-action that millions of conservatives gave them when they helped sweep Republicans into power in both chambers of Congress. Instead, they seemingly let President Obama get his way time after time after time. They didn’t stand up to him. And the people noticed.
At which point Donald Trump enters the presidential race. And Trump says all the things that the people angry with those in charge wanted to hear. It didn’t matter that Trump was missing specifics on how to carry out what he said he would do. He was saying he would do the very things that voters have wanted done for a long time. And no matter how much I may disagree with it, the voters responded by nominating Trump.
And yet, the Republicans in charge still don’t get it. It was their actions, or inaction in this case, that resulted in Trump getting nominated. They still refused to embrace what the voters of their own party said they want them to embrace. They still seemingly refuse to stand up to President Obama. And while a few of the Republicans in charge seem to get it, most don’t.
I’m not going to sit here and say that Donald Trump is a good person. I can’t, especially since he seems to show otherwise just about every other week. But I do agree with Sean Hannity when he says that the Republicans in charge created the climate that allowed someone like Trump to come in and get nominated. And they had better listen and change quickly.