Hannity, Ingraham slam Cheney for releasing Jan. 6 messages

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Hannity, Ingraham slam Cheney for releasing Jan. 6 messages

​Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham blasted Rep. Liz Cheney on Tuesday night for publicizing texts the two sent to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was unfolding, calling it both a smear attempt and a breach of their privacy.

Cheney (R-Wyo.), vice chair of the Jan. 6 select committee investigating the riot, read out the messages from Hannity and Ingraham on Monday night, shortly before the panel voted unanimously to recommend that Meadows be held in contempt of Congress.

“Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home,” Ingraham texted Meadows that day, according to Cheney. “This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy.”

”Can he make a statement?” Cheney quoted Hannity as asking Meadows. “Ask people to leave the Capitol.”

“Last night in a weak attempt to smear yours truly — and presumably, I guess, President Trump — Congresswoman Cheney presented one of my text messages from Jan. 6 to Mark Meadows,” Hannity told his viewers.

“Surprise, surprise, surprise: I said to Mark Meadows the exact same thing I was saying live on the radio at that time and on TV that night on Jan. 6 and well beyond Jan. 6,” he continued. “And by the way, where is the outrage in the media over my private text messages being released again publicly? Do we believe in privacy in this country? Apparently not.”

Sean Hannity pictured at the 2020 Republican National Convention.
Sean Hannity at the 2020 Republican National Convention.
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Laura Ingraham, pictured above in 2018, said Cheney releasing the texts sent 'left-wing media hacks into spin and defame mode.'
Laura Ingraham said Cheney releasing the texts sent “left-wing media hacks into spin and defame mode.”
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Hannity described himself as an “honest and straightforward person” who tells his viewers the same things he says in private.

“Liz Cheney knows this. She doesn’t seem to care. She’s interested in one thing and one thing only: smearing Trump and purging him from the party,” he said.

“Liz, let’s release your phone records and texts, and your family discussing Donald Trump, considering you’re so free to release everybody else’s,” the host went on. “You’re a rock star now to the media mob, temporarily. They’ll turn on you again.”

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Cheney, vice chair of the Jan. 6 select committee investigating the riot, read out the messages from Hannity and Ingraham on Monday night.
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After Hannity’s show went off the air, Ingraham said Cheney’s public release of the messages sent “left-wing media hacks into spin and defame mode.”

“Of course, the regime media was somehow trying to twist this message to try to tar me as a liar [and] hypocrite, who privately sounded the alarm on Jan. 6, but publicly downplayed it,” said the host of “The Ingraham Angle.”

“Had they bothered to actually watch what I said the night of Jan. 6 or read any of my public tweets from the afternoon of Jan. 6, they couldn’t have denied the truth,” she said.

Ingraham then played an excerpt of her show that aired the night of Jan. 6.

“The Capitol was under siege by people who can only be described as antithetical to the MAGA movement,” she said at the time. “Now they were likely not all Trump supporters, and there were some reports that Antifa sympathizers may have been sprinkled throughout the crowd.”

“The point remains, if you were a Trump supporter trying to display your support for the president, today’s antics at the Capitol did just the opposite.”

“Does that sound like I was downplaying it to you?” Ingraham asked Tuesday, before reading out her social media posts from that day.

“Security breach at the Capitol is disgraceful and the president needs to tell everyone to leave the building now,” read one.

Chief of Staff Mark Meadows pictured above with Trump in Oct. 2020.
Chief of staff Mark Meadows pictured above with President Donald Trump in October 2020.
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“Anyone who thinks this is going to grow the MAGA movement is delusional,” read another. “It hurts the movement, the Trump legacy and of course the country.”

“This is all public record, kids,” Ingraham summed up. “The real big lie is the expansive narrative of Jan. 6 that these clowns have made the center of the political existence. So it’s time to face facts, shut down the false narrative and treat Cheney and her clique the way the American people treat them: by tuning them out.”

The messages were part of a trove of documents, including texts and emails, that Meadows handed over to the committee before announcing that he would no longer work with the panel while Trump’s claims of executive privilege are adjudicated.

The full House voted largely along party lines Tuesday night to refer the committee’s contempt report to the Department of Justice for possible prosecution of Meadows, himself a former member of Congress.

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