- The Washington Times - Friday, January 22, 2021

Fox News host Sean Hannity wasted little time before reflecting on the first week of President Biden’s administration. He slammed it on his show Thursday night, roughly 33 hours since it started.

“Tonight, the Biden administration is off to a very rocky start,” Mr. Hannity, a vocal supporter of former President Trump, said at the start of the latest broadcast of his primetime opinion show.

“Hannity” viewers watching the show then saw a banner displayed on the bottom of their screens that said, in all capital letters, first “BREAKING NEWS,” and then “BIDEN’S DISASTROUS FIRST WEEK.”

The host of “Hannity” then delivered a brief monologue bashing Mr. Biden while the chyron about his “first week” remained visible on the screen.

“Joe’s struggling to answer simple questions from the media — the friendly, fawning media — and his disastrous anti-energy policies, they are destroying now what will be hundreds of thousands of American jobs,” Mr. Hannity said. “High-paying career jobs. His new tax cut plans are about to put a huge dent in the economy and in your wallet. And a new scandal surrounding the corrupt Biden family business is about to break wide open.”

Mr. Biden was sworn in to succeed Mr. Trump before noon Wednesday, so Mr. Hannity‘s criticism of his first week as president, aired at 9 p.m. the next night, was a bit premature.

Indeed, some on social media were quick to mock the Fox News host as video from the latest “Hannity” episode spread afterward on platforms including Twitter.

“Call me a traditionalist or conservative, but I’m still of the view that a week is 7 days,” verified Twitter user Timothy E. Kaldas wrote in a tweet widely shared on the social media service.

“It was such a disastrous week, it was less than 35 hours long!” joked Ian Millhiser, a senior correspondent for the Vox news site.

Other critics of Mr. Hannity were more serious in their response, meanwhile.

“These are not serious people and have no business being on tv,” tweeted the account of MeidasTouch, a Democratic political action committee.

• Andrew Blake can be reached at ablake@washingtontimes.com.

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