This week, Sean Hannity extended a rather unusual offer to President Obama. If Donald Trump wins the White House, Hannity will be willing to charter a private plane to send the Obama family on a one-way trip anywhere in the world — like, say, Kenya or Indonesia.
“Maybe I'll ask Trump if I can charter his plane for Obama,” Hannity told his radio audience Tuesday. “That's what — I will charter Donald Trump's plane, if he'll let me, and I will charter it to the country of your choice. You want to go to Canada? I'll pay for you to go to Canada. You want to go to Kenya? I'll pay for you to go to Kenya. Jakarta, where you went to school back in the day? You can go back there. Anywhere you want to go. I'm gonna — I'll put the finest food: caviar, champagne, you name it. I have one stipulation: You can't come back.”
Hannity's suggestion that Obama might like to move to Kenya is a naked reference to the Trump-fueled conspiracy theory that the president was born there. Obama was born in Hawaii, but even after he released his birth certificate in 2011, Trump suggested that the document was a forgery and continued to question the president's eligibility to serve. The Republican presidential nominee finally made a public acknowledgment last month that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States.”
The Kenya comment was bad, but it wasn't even the most off-the-wall thing Hannity said. Hannity began his discussion of an Obama exodus by claiming that there are “rumors” that the president might flee the United States if Trump wins. His source? A fake Canadian news site called the Burrard Street Journal.
Here's what Hannity said:
A White House aide failed to deny rumors that President Barack Obama was planning to leave the United States if Trump wins the White House — if Trump wins the election. ... Josh Earnest, the White House propagandist, was asked yesterday whether Obama was planning to flee abroad if Trump, a man he said is unfit to hold office — by the way, if anyone was unfit, if we haven't learned by now, it's Obama. God, the worst presidency in our lifetime, by far. In response, Earnest would only say that Obama was campaigning to ensure that no one would have to leave because of a Donald Trump presidency.As he spoke, Hannity appeared to be reading from a Daily Mail article, though he did not say so.
The rumor mill apparently first started when a Canadian satire site carried an article saying that Obama was planning to move to Canada if Trump was victorious. The piece was entitled “Obama declares his family will move to Canada if Trump is elected” and carried a fictitious statement supposedly from Obama, which said “it's something Michelle, the kids and I have discussed as a potential solution to the Donald.”
Anyway, when asked about the rumors on Air Force One yesterday, Earnest said Obama would spend a significant amount of time campaigning for Hillary and other Democrats down the ballot. ... So they're not saying for sure.
This is total insanity. There is no rumor. There was only a joke by the Canadian version of the Onion. Yet Hannity treated the joke like a credible rumor and tried to legitimize it by saying the White House wouldn't deny it.
To be clear, Earnest was not responding to the Burrard Street Journal's satirical article, which was published 12 weeks ago. A transcript of Earnest's press availability Monday shows that a reporter asked whether Obama feels “like there's a place for him in this country if Donald Trump is elected president.”
“Well, I think you're sort of alluding to the rather poignant question of Captain Khan's father that was the tagline to that ad from the Democratic nominee,” Earnest replied.
Hillary Clinton released an ad Friday featuring Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who delivered a memorable address at the Democratic National Convention. The ad concludes with Khan, a Muslim, asking Trump, “Would my son have a place in your America?”
How about we send Sean to Iran? It is controlled by right wingers, anti woman, and a totalitarian government.