Sean Hannity’s coverage of the Roy Moore scandal has caused him quite a bit of grief and lost him advertisers since his interview Moore on Friday. Hannity was criticized for being too easy on Moore, but he’s taking a stand now, reported the Washington Examiner.
The Fox News host issued a stern warning to the Alabama Republican Senate candidate. He unequivocally said Moore needs to settle the inconsistencies in his defense within 24 hours or exist the race.
"For me, the judge has 24 hours," Hannity said during the closing of his Fox News show. "You must immediately and fully come up with a satisfactory explanation for your inconsistencies that I just showed. You must remove any doubt. If you can't do this, then Judge Moore needs to get out of this race."
Last week, The Washington Post published an article that accused Moore of inappropriate sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl and inappropriate relationships with three other teenage girls. At the time, he was in his 30s.
A fifth accuser came forward on Monday, alleging Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16.
Hannity pointed out several inconsistencies in Moore’s story. Moore insisted that he would never date a woman without permission from her mother. He added that the 14-year-old accuser said "in her statement" that her mother encouraged her to go out with Moore.
Moore also denied knowing the fifth accuser. However, the woman has a yearbook with what appeared to be Moore's signature.
Hannity on Thursday during his radio program, "The Sean Hannity Show," dismissed the claims of the first four women because "It's he said, she [said]."
After his backlash, Hannity clarified his comments saying, “It’s really sad when the lazy media in this country cuts and pastes a deceptive and out-of-context comment by a Soros-funded, radical, left-wing group that has purposefully taken me out of context for years.”
Not shying away from the controversy, Hannity then invited Moore to defend himself on his radio program on Friday.
In the interview, Moore said the allegations were unfounded and "politically motivated."
"This country has way too many issues and problems," Hannity said Tuesday. "The American people deserve 100 percent truth and honesty. We need to correct answers the first time on issues this serious."
"Judge Moore, you owe that to the people of Alabama, the Republican Party that you represent, and the country which is suffering under so many problems," he continued.
Do you agree with Hannity's stance? Let us know in the comments. In other news, the Republican Party just made a major move to take down Roy Moore.