On his Fox News show on Tuesday night, Hannity gave Roy Moore an ultimatum with regards to the sexual abuse allegations that have been leveled against him: “Immediately and fully come up with a satisfactory explanations for your inconsistencies” or “get out of this race.”
Moore is currently in the midst of a campaign for the Alabama Senate seat vacated when Jeff Sessions became Trump’s attorney general.
“Between this interview that I did [on Nov. 9] and the inconsistent answers, between him saying ‘I never knew this girl’ and then that yearbook comes out,” Hannity said, referencing this new accusation on Monday by Beverly Young Nelson, who produced a copy of her high school yearbook that appeared to be signed by Moore as evidence.
“For me, the judge has 24 hours. He must immediately and fully come up with a satisfactory explanations for your inconsistencies that I just showed. You must remove any doubt. If he can’t do this, then Judge Moore needs to get out of this race.”
Hannity’s final word: “Judge Moore, you owe that to the people of Alabama, the Republican Party that you represent and to the country which is suffering under so many problems.”
Hannity has been under a bit of financial pressure since his show last Thursday when he defended Moore against the allegations: “Every single person in this country deserves the presumption of innocence,” he said on his show that night. “With the allegations against Judge Moore, none of us know the truth of what happened 38 years ago. The only people that would know are the people involved in this incident.”
Since he made that statement, a number of his show’s sponsors have pulled their ads from his show.
On Nov. 9, Hannity interviewed Moore on his radio show, giving him a chance to respond to the allegations. Even more accusations have come out since and Hannity, apparently, isn’t buying what Moore is selling — a stance in line with Republican leadership, which pulled support for Roy Moore’s campaign this week.
Hannity’s show on Tuesday was full of fireworks — he kicked off the show with a massive anti-Clinton conspiracy graphic that it took about 13 minutes for him to explain and sparked a bunch of jokes on Twitter about Hannity picking Hillary Clinton to win the NCAA basketball tournament.