The conservative pundit booted Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison from his show last night after the Democrat launched into a six minute tirade in which he accused Hannity of being a yellow journalist and party hack.
“Quite frankly you are the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen,” Ellison said.
Ellison was invited onto the primetime show to discuss President Obama’s position on the upcoming sequestration, which is set to begin on Friday. He apparently decided to chide the Fox News host after Hannity played a video montage featuring clips of Obama discussing the sequestration at various locations, including his visit Tuesday to a Newport News, Va. shipyard.
After berating Hannity for violating “every journalistic ethic I’ve ever heard of,” Ellison continued on, calling the Fox News host a “shill for the Republican party.” Unfortunately for Ellison, Hannity was able to point out that he is actually a member of the Conservative Party of New York State. Hannity even offered to bet with Ellison about his registration during the segment.
Hannity attempted on several occasions to end the rant, including joking with Ellison that he should continue on with his rant (apparently Ellison thought he was being serious!) and asking questions about the upcoming sequestration, but that didn’t stop him, ultimately forcing Hannity to boot the Congressman from the program.
Hannity later told Newsbusters that Ellison’s meltdown “was actually funny to watch” and that the tirade could be a wakeup call for many Americans who follow Obama, and not the Democratic party.
“It just shows how reckless, radical, and extreme the modern day Democratic Party has become,” Hannity said in response to the segment. “As Americans continue to see the President’s policies fail, I suspect it will dawn on them Obama and the Democrats have nothing but empty rhetoric, scare tactics, false promises, and they deserve to be fired. I mark this night as the beginning of the end for the Obama Democrats.”
This is not the first time that Hannity and Ellison have butted heads on the show. The two were involved in a heated argument back in 2011 over the controversy surrounding the construction of a mosque in Lower Manhattan.
You can watch last night’s video segment here: