Fox host Sean Hannity incredulously claimed on his radio show that no conservatives ever "picked on Michelle Obama.” Hannity’s claim ignores the near-decade he and other conservatives spent smearing the former First Lady as an “unpatriotic,” “bitter and angry” racial extremist.
Hannity has repeatedly attacked Michelle Obama by targeting her appearance and voice. Hannity claimed that Michelle Obama desired “all these great designer clothes” in the hopes that people would call her Jackie Kennedy. Hannity also attacked the former first lady for sounding “so bitter and angry” on the 2008 campaign trail, and repeatedly smeared her as a racist. Hannity never let go of the racial accusations, noting in 2015 that it was “suspicious” for Michelle Obama to discuss race while recognizing the anniversary of the end of legal racial segregation. From the March 2 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Sean Hannity Show:
SEAN HANNITY (HOST): I think that’s the lowest of low; we’re going to pick on a woman -- well, multiple women, because they pick on Kellyanne. Have a congressman, what’s his name, Cedric Richmond, quote, “joking,” “Conway looked very familiar in that position on the couch in the White House on her knees.“ Wow. How disgusting and despicable a human being is he? Can you imagine if anyone -- which, God forbid, would ever say that about Hillary? Or Michelle Obama? How well would the reaction be? They’re attacking a three year old kid because he’s fidgety at three in the morning. I’m fidgety and I’m 55 years old. Leave the kid alone. Nobody picked on Malia and Sasha, no conservative that I know of. Nobody picked on Michelle Obama except for the stupid statements, “for the first time in my adult life I’m proud of my country,” she inserted herself into the campaign. If she’s going to say something like that then she deserves to be criticized.