News Host Sean Hannity Proposes Assasinating Putin
Fox News host Sean Hannity suggested Wednesday that the U.S. should assassinate Russian President Vladimir Putin for his full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Hannity began the segment by calling Putin a “murdering thug” that needs to be stopped by whatever means necessary. He also argued that the Russian leader has forfeited his “right to live” due to the thousands of civilian casualties he is responsible for, many of them being “children and women.”
“It’s a simple rule in life. If you invade an innocent country and you kill women and children and men, you forfeit your right to lead a country and you forfeit your right to live. And I hope the people around Vladimir Putin take action sooner than later.”
“Now currently the U.S. operates under a decades-old executive order signed by [former President] Gerald Ford that prohibits the U.S. government employees from engaging in political assassinations. But my final question tonight is when it comes to Putin, is it now time to visit the rule? My rule I like better. New rule. You invade a sovereign country, you kill innocent men, women, and children, you forfeit your right to run a country and you forfeit your life to live. It’s that simple.”
“Cut off the head of the snake, the snake dies,” Hannity concluded.
Ford signed Executive Order 11905 into effect on Feb. 18, 1976, which prohibits any member of the U.S. government from conspiring in foreign and political assassination attempts. The order was later superseded by former President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, whose executive orders were only slightly different.
Since Russia’s Feb. 25 invasion, Ukraine’s State Emergency Service said they had recorded over 2,000 Ukrainian civilian deaths as of Wednesday, adding “children, women, and defense forces are losing their lives by the hour.”
Russian troops overtook the Ukrainian port city of Kherson on Wednesday. The city has more than 280,000 residents.