On April 22, 2009, Sean Hannity debated actor Charles Grodin on Fox News over the use of torture by U.S. forces.
During the discussion, Hannity downplayed the brutality of waterboarding stating that he didn’t believe it was torture. That’s when Grodin issued this challenge:
GRODIN: Would you consent to be waterboarded? We can waterboard you?
GRODIN: Are you busy on Sunday?
HANNITY: I’ll do it for charity. I’ll let you do it. I’ll do it for the troops’ families.
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann upped the ante on the challenge by offering $1,000 for every second Hannity could withstand being waterboarded. Olbermann also proposed to double his offer after Hannity admits that he feared for his life and that waterboarding was indeed torture.
But it would seem that the challenged somehow skipped Hannity’s mind for the past seven years. Just over the past year the conservative Fox News host has been a little busy figuring out ways defend Republican frontrunner Donald Trump as well as his regular job of promoting ignorance. It’s understandable that little things like promising to raise money for the families of troops can slip Hannity’s mind when he has so many much more important things on his plate.
Here’s the video.
Lawrence O’Donnell joined Olbermann in a later segment to discuss Hannity’s cavalier attitude toward waterboarding.
O’Donnell offered the best explanation for the conservative host’s position stating that Hannity is a part of the 99 percent of people who will never put themselves in harms way by serving in the military or any service that could endanger his personal safety.
He said only 1 percent of the world was made of those willing to take that type of risk.
Therefore, it’s natural for people like Hannity to believe that terrorists would crack under torture because he knows that he would. People like Hannity can’t conceive of the mental toughness it would take not to break under extreme physical duress.
Perhaps it’s time to remind Hannity of his long forgotten promise. You can help by emailing Hannity via his website or contacting him on twitter @SeanHannity. Let’s remind him of his beloved so-called “conservative values” and get his fat chin under a wet towel sooner rather than later.