I knew Sean Hannity was crazy. But I never thought he was crazy enough to actually pull a gun on a Democratic coworker he disagreed with. I was wrong.
One of Trump’s favorite members of the media is Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Hannity has been all too happy to defend Trump’s lies and insane conspiracy theories since early in the campaign. And, just like Trump, Hannity is combative and reckless and has little regard for facts.
Hannity is so unhinged, in fact, that in October he literally pointed a gun at Democratic Fox News analyst Juan Williams after a heated debate.
“Hannity’s version of entertainment can go too far. Last year, after ending one of his many spirited on-air arguments with liberal contributor Juan Williams, Hannity pulled out a gun and pointed it directly at Williams, according to three sources with knowledge of the incident. He even turned on the laser sight, causing a red dot to bob around on Williams’ body. (Hannity was just showing off, the sources said, but the unforeseen off-camera antic clearly disturbed Williams and others on set.)”
Fox has confirmed the incident and says they referred it to their legal and human resources departments. Sources told CNN that the report went to Bill Shine, the network’s co-president and longtime Fox News executive. Shine also happens to be a close friend of Hannity’s and is a former producer of Hannity’s show.
So it should come as no surprise that Hannity was never disciplined for pointing a gun at his coworker.
In a statement, Fox said,
“Sean Hannity has been trained in firearm safety since he was 11 years old and has a license to carry a gun in five states, including New York. The situation was thoroughly investigated and it was found that no one was put in any danger.”
Hannity also put out a statement of his own. He said,
“While discussing the issue of firearms, I showed my good friend Juan Williams my unloaded firearm in a professional and safe manner for educational purposes only. Every precautionary procedure that I have been trained in since the age of 11 was followed. I’ve had a conceal carry permit in five states for all of my adult life. Any other interpretation of this is outright false reporting.”
For his part, Williams also tried to downplay the incident. But it’s worth remembering that Williams also works for Fox who, for months, has been trying to sweep this whole thing under the rug.
“This incident is being sensationalized — everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm’s way. It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends.”