He’s actually using facts. Obama did know about the plot to tamper with votes before it was made public, and Clinton did pay for the Christopher Steele dossier. Of course, Hannity leaves out the facts that the dossier was initially funded by Trump’s Republican opponents and that the Obama administration didn’t know about the hacking until late in the election cycle, and enacted sanctions against Russia when it discovered the malfeasance. But, you know ... facts, shmacts.


The point is, there are legitimate questions that could be raised about the Obama administration’s handling of the incident, but Hannity and his cohorts use the omission of relevant information to propagate the narrative that Trump is the subject of a Democratic witch hunt at the hands of the FBI, and now I’m screaming at the television because I know there are millions of people watching this who believe it to be the truth.

And for the first time, I begin to understand that there are many Trump supporters who are not tobacco-chewing redneck idiots; they are victims of propagandists fueling their confirmation bias. Hannity is as good at what he does as any shady storefront preacher, and I can imagine the people caught in the gravitational pull of his oversized head screaming “Hallelujah” at his version of the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.


It is a learning experience, and I promise to share every bit of it. If, by the end of the week, you hear news about a certain The Root writer wandering in circles at a Trump rally, muttering Republican talking points and wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, you’ll know I didn’t make it.

I could use your thoughts and prayers.

And liquor. Lots of liquor.