Fox News Stars Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson had an awkward exchange between shows following criticism of the billionaire from Tucker Carlson.
Hannity defended the mogul and capitalism as a whole in what observers called the illustration between free-market conservatism and the new populist right.
According to The Daily Caller:
“But at least one person has become extremely rich, richer than any man in history from all of this, including a lot of the suffering,” Carlson said after speaking to the suffering endured by millions of Americans because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Now 20 years ago if that had happened, if a captain of industry had made $13 billion in a single day while the country got poorer, the Democratic Party would have something to say about it. Not anymore, because people getting rich are members of the Democratic Party.”
Carlson later called Bezos “pretty smart” for purchasing The Washington Post, “so you never get criticized.”
When the segment ended and Carlson handed things off to Sean Hannity, and the “Hannity” host apparently took issue with the Bezos criticism. The transition was captured by The Washington Examiner’s Emily Larsen, who called it “new populist right vs. free-market conservatism in a nutshell.”
Super awkward Tucker Carlson to Sean Hannity hand-off. Carlson’s last segment attacked Amazon and Jeff Bezos. Hannity says people can make money and provides goods and services, this is America. New populist right vs. free market conservatism in a nutshell https://t.co/eBI2vIwenG
— Emily Larsen (@emilyelarsen) July 22, 2020
“People can make money,” Hannity said. “They provide goods and services people want, need, and desire. That’s America. It’s called freedom, capitalism, uh, and as long as it’s honest, right? People decide.”
Hannity later tweeted out an apology to his fellow star:
I apologize for any misunderstanding to Tucker and the fox audience. I support freedom and Capitalism. Not people taking advantage of a pandemic. If I see such evidence I will obviously condemn it.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 22, 2020