Right off the bat, let’s get it clear that both parties are now denying this ever happened, but still, the story came from somewhere.
According to a CNN story out today, however, there was some point in time where President Trump’s most loyal gimp with Fox News, Sean Hannity, pulled a gun on Juan Williams, another Fox News personality.
The CNN piece first talks about Hannity’s love of puffing out his chest at people over the internet who disagree with or don’t support Trump.
Hannity, Trump’s biggest backer on television, has said this is entertainment for him: “I am a counterpuncher,” he told one Twitter user who asked why he was so antagonistic. “I do not start fights but I finish them. This is pure entertainment for me. If people take cheap shots I hit back.”
Still, Hannity’s version of entertainment can go too far. Last year, after ending one of his many spirited on-air arguments with liberal contributor Juan Williams, Hannity pulled out a gun and pointed it directly at Williams, according to three sources with knowledge of the incident. He even turned on the laser sight, causing a red dot to bob around on Williams’ body. (Hannity was just showing off, the sources said, but the unforeseen off-camera antic clearly disturbed Williams and others on set.)
For the record: Hannity’s colleagues brought the Williams incident to the attention of Fox News executives, though it’s not clear whether anything came of it. The sources said it went to Bill Shine, the network’s co-president and longtime Fox News executive, who is Hannity’s longtime friend and a former producer. A Fox News spokesperson said the incident was referred to the legal and human resources departments.
Ok. That’s really messed up.
Fox News released a statement to CNNMoney and said that after investigating, they determined that no one was in any danger, at any time.
The statement also read that Hannity has handled guns since he was 11 years old and is currently licensed to carry in five states.
That’s all well and good, but if he pointed a gun at anyone, he violated his training.
You don’t point a gun at anyone, unless you are prepared to use it.
And I’ll say this: I don’t know where this story originated. CNN’s version mentioned three sources with knowledge of the incident and said there were others who were made uncomfortable by the events.
It also seems a tad “off-ish” to immediately rush out statements from both parties at this time, which is what happened.
“While discussing the issue of firearms, I showed my good friend Juan Williams my unloaded firearm in a professional and safe manner for educational purposes only,” Hannity’s statement read. “Every precautionary procedure that I have been trained in since the age of 11 was followed. I’ve had a conceal carry permit in five states for all of my adult life. Any other interpretation of this is outright false reporting.”
“This incident is being sensationalized — everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm’s way,” Williams’ statement read. “It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends.”
Neither said he didn’t point a gun.
But they’re great friends. They want you to know that.
As Hannity’s online persona becomes more and more unhinged, it becomes easier to believe this sort of thing may have happened.
It’s a curious story, so I’ll just let you decide if it sounds plausible.