Hannity Changes Tune on Moore Accusations: Voters Can Make ‘Informed Decision’

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Fox News host Sean Hannity ended his Wednesday show by calling on Alabama voters to make their own "informed decision" in response to sexual misconduct allegations levied against Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Hannity's conclusion came after he spent a good portion of Wednesday's show comparing the allegations against Moore to those against former President Bill Clinton, and after discussing an open letter he received from Moore.

On Tuesday night, the Fox News host had asked Moore to either address the looming allegations of sexual assault of minors or drop out of the December special election, Politico reported. The Tuesday ultimatum from Hannity was a shift from his original position, which insinuated Moore’s accusers could be lying.

Wednesday's show then began to shift back from Tuesday's hard line position.

The Fox News host spent the first 20 minutes of Wednesday's program playing multiple clips of women who have previously accused Clinton of sexual assault and unwanted sexual advances since the 1990s.

Hannity continued the "Day of reckoning for the Clintons," as the chyron read, into other segments that included guests calling on the Clintons to seize the moment to "reverse" their "mistake" as multiple accusations of sexual assault and harassment come forward.

Some of Hannity's guests, however, failed to see the comparison Hannity drew between Moore and Clinton.

"Your interview with [Moore] was incriminating, because he contradicted himself three times," Fox News legal analyst Greg Jarrett said. "You asked him about dating teenage girls. At first he said, ‘I don’t dispute it,’ then he said, ‘I don’t remember it,’ then he said, ‘I adamantly deny it.’ It can’t be all three."

Hannity acknowledged the gravity of the allegations.

"If some of these allegations are true, it is mind-numbing," he said, adding that the allegations are "disturbing" and "serious."

"I have a 16-year-old daughter," Hannity said.

Hannity then read an open letter Moore wrote to him on Wednesday, which denied allegations and brought question to the validity of the signature of his name in the 1977 high school yearbook of one of his accusers, Beverly Young Nelson.

"The people of Alabama, they need to know the truth," Hannity said. "And they’ve got to have all the fact that they need. And that means that the Alabama voters can make an educated, informed, inclusive decision for their state when they go to the polls."

A total of nine women have come forward to accuse Moore of sexually assaulting or inappropriately pursuing them as teenagers when he was in his 30's and serving as district attorney for Etowah County.

Katelyn Caralle

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Katelyn Caralle is a media analyst at the Washington Free Beacon. Before joining Free Beacon, Katelyn worked as a Digital Strategy Intern at The Heritage Foundation. She graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2016 where she served as Editor-in-Chief of The Voice.

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