Just before he got off work and did some late-night white supremacist tweeting, Sean Hannity made an offer to the President of the United States. On his radio show last night, the notorious Trump cheerleader said that, if Donald Trump won the election, he would personally charter Barack Obama a flight out of the country.
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’ll put the finest food―caviar, champagne, you name it. I have one stipulation: You can’t come back.
The Fox News host’s quip—if you can call it that—referred to a question posed to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest earlier this week about whether or not the President planned to move to Canada if Donald Trump was elected. But Hannity was offering so much more.
Hannity’s decision to add Kenya to the list of places was a clear nod to the many conspiracy theories stating that Obama was not born in the United States—theories that Donald Trump has done as much as anyone to promote, and was only recently dragged, kicking and screaming, into kind-of giving up on.
Hannity was blowing a racist dog-whistle, then passing the sound through a bullhorn strapped to the top of a van being driven like a bat out of hell around the country. Even neocon Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin knew what was up—her column on Hannity’s comment was called: “The mainstreaming of racism on Fox News.” Hannity, though, wasn’t having it: He blamed—and you’re not going to believe this—the “biased media.”
Perhaps realizing that he had gone too far, Hannity quickly extended his offer to “any Hollywood liberal that swears they’re gonna leave, too.” Polls, however, increasingly suggest Hannity won’t have to field a new, more racist Trump Airlines to fly liberals out of the country with caviar.