Every now and then when a Democrat is on the verge of winning an election or implementing some kind of new “socialist” policy, some nut job will threaten to move to Canada – because Canada would never stand for socialized healthcare and high taxes, right? Then once it happens, they realize moving is a huge pain and end up staying put and pretending they never opened their big mouth. Well this time it’s Sean Hannity’s turn.
Conservative radio host Sean Hannity threatened to leave New York and move to Florida or Texas after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a comment last week that far-right extremist Republicans aren’t welcome in the state.
In a recent radio interview, Gov. Cuomo said that extreme conservatives who are pro-life, pro-gun, and anti-gay have “no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
Sean Hannity’s reaction: I’m packing my bags and leaving!
Even though Gov. Cuomo was referring to the political prospects of extreme conservative political candidates in the notoriously Democratic state, not regular citizens being unwelcome, Hannity (along with other volatile conservatives – I’m talking about you Glenn Beck) did not take the remarks well.
“Now I want to tell you something — I was born and raised in New York. I want you to know that, and I can’t wait to get out of here. I really can’t. I don’t want to pay their 10-percent state tax anymore. I live in the second-highest property taxed county in the entire country in Nassau County. I can’t wait to sell my house to somebody who wants it. I can’t wait to pay no state income tax down in Florida or Texas.”
“Gov. Cuomo, I’m going to leave and I’m taking all of my money with me — every single, solitary penny,” Sean Hannity continued “And by the way governor, because I work here — there’s a whole bunch of people that work for me and benefit because I do two shows. And I guess maybe some of them will be out of work, governor. I’m sure you’ll take care of them.”
After his over-reaction, Hannity thought about it and realized he shouldn’t have opened his big mouth. In an appearance on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show On the Record, Hannity attempted to backtrack on his promise to leave New York.
“I think people might have interpreted it that I’m leaving the next day. If I could I probably would, but I like to consider myself a responsible person,” Hannity said, adding that too many people depend on his show to make a living.
Instead, he said, he and his wife will continue to live in the “United Socialist State of New York,” and just complain more about the high taxes – at least until Donald Trump becomes the governor.