Late last month, George Floyd—an unarmed Black man in Minnesota—died after former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd had been accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill.
President Donald Trump has routinely faced scrutiny from a body of Congress dominated by the opposing political party. Unlike most Presidents, he's responded to this traditional oversight by flouting Congressionally issued subpoenas and insulting his political enemies on Twitter.
Far-Right Fox News host Sean Hannity saw fit to compare murder by police to oversight by Congress and law enforcement bodies—an inclination he quickly tried to walk back.
Hannity: "Even the president himself -- it's not the same thing as what happened to George Floyd, but it's horrific… https://t.co/GgOyFtx70O— Brendan Karet 🚮 (@Brendan Karet 🚮)1591751341.0
Accusing "corrupt, high-ranking law enforcement officials" of being hell bent on overturning the 2016 election, Hannity said:
"Even the President himself—it's not the same thing that happened to George Floyd—but it's horrific. He was a victim of crooked cops. Now, again, not the same circumstances, I'm not making any comparison."
Toward the end of the show, Hannity played a clip of Attorney General William Barr criticizing the basis for FBI investigations.
Hannity used the moment to make the comparison again.
"I said earlier—there's no comparison in the case—George Floyd didn't need to die, shouldn't have died, this can't happen at all. We saw the action of one cop and the inaction of three cops, Judge. But I for three years have also—again—one bad cop, look what happened. Look at what is the result."
Despite his numerous qualifications, people weren't here for Hannity's comparison.
@bad_takes Why is there still an audience for Hannity in the 21st century?— Curious Bystander❓ (@Curious Bystander❓)1591751884.0
@bad_takes Hannity knows he has an audience of one and if that one is happy, his job is secure.— SuzyB (@SuzyB)1591751787.0
@bad_takes Well. He tried it.— Chloé S. Valdary 📚 (@Chloé S. Valdary 📚)1591756085.0
@bad_takes Don't even mention Donald Trump and George Floyd in the same sentence. Not okay and just wrong!— Michelle Rodriguez (@Michelle Rodriguez)1591751417.0
Hannity said numerous times that he wasn't making a comparison between the murder of George Floyd and investigations of Trump, but—by definition—he was.
@bad_takes Hannity literally makes a "COMPARISON" with Trump to George Floyd. He says although different - BOTH - a… https://t.co/f9jAbkShlR— Brent O (@Brent O)1591751998.0
@bad_takes Narrator: He was In fact making a comparison— Attorney@Law (@Attorney@Law)1591751552.0
@bad_takes Yeah, you absolutely are making a comparison, and it’s demented— Thom, Democrat and Anti-Fascist (@Thom, Democrat and Anti-Fascist)1591753869.0
@bad_takes I’m not making any comparison in the comparison I’m making.— Brendel (@Brendel)1591751600.0
Definitions don't appear to be Hannity's strong suit.