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Steve Bannon attacks 'opposition party' media at CPAC; Hannity: Colmes had a decency that transcended all politics

Fox News host remembers his friend and former co-host

 

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," February 23, 2017. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, GUEST HOST: Welcome to "Hannity." Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon is making headlines for going after the media at CPAC.

I'm Kimberly Guilfoyle, in for Sean.

So Bannon once again called the media the, quote, "opposition party."  Watch this.

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STEVE BANNON, CHIEF WHITE HOUSE STRATEGIST: Look at, you know, the opposition party and how they portrayed the campaign, how they portrayed the transition, and now they're portraying the administration. It's always wrong.

If you remember, you know, the campaign was the most chaotic -- you know, by the media's description, most chaotic, most disorganized, most unprofessional, had no earthly idea what they were doing. And then you saw them all crying and weeping that night.

Just like they were dead wrong on the chaos of the campaign and just like they were dead wrong on the chaos of the transition, they are absolutely dead wrong about what's going on today because we have a team that's just grinding it through on (ph) President Donald Trump promised the American people. And the mainstream media better understand something. All of those promises are going to be implemented.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

BANNON: ... adamantly opposed to an economic nationalist agenda like Donald Trump has.

He's going to continue to press his agenda. And as economic conditions get better, as more jobs get better, they're going to continue to fight. If you think they're going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken!

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GUILFOYLE: Bannon also talked about President Trump's agenda. Let's take a look.

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BANNON: If you want to see the Trump agenda, it's very simple. It was all in the speeches. He went around to these rallies, but those speeches had a tremendous amount of content in them, right?

All he's doing right now is, he's laid out an agenda with those speeches with the promises he made. And our job every day is just to execute on that. It's to simply get a path to how those get executed. And he's maniacally focused on that.

Every business leader we've had in is saying not just taxes, but it is -- it is also the regulation. I think the consistent -- if you look at these cabinet appointees, they were selected for a reason, and that is the deconstruction. The way the progressive left runs, is if they can't get it passed, they're just going to put it in some sort of regulation in -- in an agency. That's all going to be deconstructed.

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GUILFOYLE: And vice President Mike Prince capped off the night with a rousing speech. Here are some of the highlights.

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VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: You have elected a man for president who never quits. He never backs down. He is a fighter. He is a winner! And I promise you he will never stop fighting until we make America great again!

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PENCE: This is the chance we've worked so hard for so long to see. This is the time to prove again that our answers are the right answers for America!

(APPLAUSE)

PENCE: A strong military, more jobs, less taxes, respect for the Constitution and the values that have made America great and a deep and abiding faith in the goodness of the American people!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

PENCE: And let me assure you, America's ObamaCare nightmare is about to end!

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GUILFOYLE: Joining us with reaction are former Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee and Trump transition executive committee member Anthony Scaramucci.

So Anthony, from what we've seen from the media, does Steve Bannon have a point in calling them the opposition party?

ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI, TRUMP TRANSITION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER: Well, listen, I mean, the media has been very rough on the administration. They were rough on the transition and rough on the campaign. So for those three reasons, I think Steve is right.

But Kimberly, this is a great day for the administration. The messaging was fantastic. People got to see the harmony between Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, which isn't well reported in the media. And they also got to hear from the vice president.

And so the messaging was fantastic. It's a great lead-in for President Trump tomorrow. And the really good news is the business council dinner is going on in D.C. right now. There's 100 business leaders down there. I left D.C. a couple hours ago. And the business community is very fired up about the president, and you can see it in the stock market.

GUILFOYLE: OK. And just a quick follow-up on that. I mean, you were part of the transition team. You worked on a daily basis, you know, with the president, with Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon. And what was your experience like?

SCARAMUCCI: Listen, they're great guys. And you heard what Steve was saying about the deconstruction. The idea right now -- and Austan's not going to like this, but the idea right how is to unravel all those regulations, which has led to the 1 percent growth. And so give it a little bit of time, and you'll see the economy humming. Steve Mnuchin was on this morning talking about the tax policies. There will be a harmony here, and the team is really starting to come together. I thought the messaging was fantastic today.

GUILFOYLE: All right, certainly, like, a strong message of unity there in achieving, Austan, a lot of the goals and objectives that candidate Trump has promised to achieve as President Trump. What did you make of the situation today, and specifically, Steve Bannon talking about enacting the economic nationalist agenda of President Trump?

AUSTAN GOOLSBEE, FMR. OBAMA ECONOMIC ADVISER: Well, you know, there was a lot going on in what you saw Steve Bannon saying. Now, obviously, it's a red meat crowd, so he wants to throw them some red meat. I think...

GUILFOYLE: Yes, their bellies are full after that.

GOOLSBEE: Yes. You know, I guess I would object to one thing, which is he portrayed it that chaos is completely created by the media and not reality.  But you know, let's remember it was not the media who hired and then had to fire the national security adviser in the first three weeks. It was not the media who signed an executive order on immigration that three different federal courts said was unconstitutional and ill thought through.

It wasn't the media who promised during the campaign to have a secret plan to replace "Obama care" that was going to cost less, cover all Americans and be better in every dimension, when in fact, Donald Trump had no such plan and they're scrambling now to figure it out.

And I think it -- maybe it wasn't the right venue, but this -- we could never admit that we did anything wrong, that we ever made an error or that were going to try to fix it -- I think is not healthy. And I think the Trump people run the risk of squandering their honeymoon. This is when you pass things. The first six months are when you pass them.

GUILFOYLE: Well, they're trying to do that, but the other party's been...

GOOLSBEE: But if they don't have them...

GUILFOYLE: ... obstructionist in terms of not allowing him to have his cabinet picks. And Anthony...

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SCARAMUCCI: Listen, Austan and I are good friends. We go back a long time. But that was like the whole vegan situation, OK? Steve was talking about the red meat. So was Reince. Austan and I are going to disagree on this, OK? The president does have a plan, and the president is promulgating that plan every day.

Are there going to be mistakes in the early part of the administration?  Nobody knows that better than Austan Goolsbee. We saw that happen in many administrations. But the gelling of the team is there. The messaging is getting tighter. And I can see him smiling because he knows it's true.

And so the stock market, something that Austan and I follow very closely, has been on a tear. And that's because people see growth. They see a tax cut coming. They see earnings revitalization and profits for companies.  And you know what else they see? They see middle-class wages growing because of President Trump's agenda and his jobs program.

And so yes, is it perfect? Nothing's perfect. But I like what I see, and I know that over the next 60 days, Austan, you're going to be very happy with this administration.

GUILFOYLE: (INAUDIBLE) you know, Austan, what we saw here across the country was this strong movement of working-class men and women that came out in droves to the rallies for President Trump, that really believed -- felt that they were left behind. They want to put food on the table and have money to pay the bills, and send their kids to good schools. And they feel that they were left behind the by the Obama administration!

GOOLSBEE: Well, I mean, first, when you say they came out in droves -- he has never had the support of the majority of the American people, not in the election, not in the polls...

GUILFOYLE: Well, he won the election.

GOOLSBEE: ... now. For a new president...

GUILFOYLE: How about that?

GOOLSBEE: ... he has the lowest approval rating in the history of polling for new presidents. And that includes the FOX News poll. So I would be a little careful. He did strike a chord. We saw wage growth over the last one-and-a-half years, but for sure, we've gone through a 25-year period that's been very tough on ordinary Americans.

Now, I hope that he does succeed at continuing the growth that we've had and the 15 million jobs we've added in the last seven years. I hope he continues that. That would be great for the economy.

But he has not followed, let's call it the JFK strategy. JFK barely wins the election. He wins actually bigger than Trump won, but it's a very narrow victory. So he comes in, and the first thing he does is he says, I'm going to appoint Republicans to major positions in my cabinet, and I'm going to start a policy of things that we agree on. And hey, give me a chance. I'll govern for both sides.

Trump has not taken that approach, and I think it will cost him after a few years.

GUILFOYLE: Anthony, your reaction.

SCARAMUCCI: Well, listen, I mean, 1962 is not calling us anymore, unfortunately. And so you're in a totally different environments down there in Washington. The president came as a change agent, Kimberly, and the American people are listening.

And listen, the -- we can talk about the polls if you want, but I think the results are really what are going to matter, and let's give this a little bit of time. A hundred days from now, my prediction is the stock market will be continuing on its upward trajectory, and the tax cut will be looming and it'll be very good for the American people, very good for the middle class and working class families.

GUILFOYLE: Yes, and people also expecting results as it relates to "Obama care," as well.

And real quick, Austan, as it relates to General Flynn, it was the media that was perpetuating this false narrative that he had committed a crime.  In fact, and I'll tell you as a lawyer, he did not violate the Logan Act, and there was no finding of wrongdoing with respect to General Flynn, and the president was very specific about that.

GOOLSBEE: Then why did Donald Trump fire him? That's my only question.

GUILFOYLE: That was an issue...

GOOLSBEE: Donald Trump fired him.

GUILFOYLE: ... which relates to what he had to say to Vice President Pence. And it's unfortunate, but you know, you're still going to move forward with the agenda, and that's what we've heard very strongly from the president and his team today at CPAC, Gentlemen, thank you so much.

And coming up, we're going to have more highlights from CPAC, more red meat, and get reaction from Dr. Bill Bennett.

And later...

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: You see what's happening at the border. All of a sudden, for the first time, we're getting gang members out. We're getting drug lords out. We're getting really bad dudes out of this country and at a rate that nobody's ever seen before. And they're the bad ones.

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GUILFOYLE: And that was President Trump earlier today talking about his immigration agenda. This as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan toured the southern border yesterday. Congressman Mike McCaul and John Carter, who joined Speaker Ryan -- they will be here later with the details.

Plus, it was a hard day for the Fox News family. Our dear friend and colleague Alan Colmes passed away at the age of 66. Sean will join us later. Stay with us.

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REINCE PRIEBUS, WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: Steve is very consistent and very loyal to the agenda and is a presence that I think is very important to have in the White House and I consider him... and secondly...

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PRIEBUS: ... and a very dear friend -- a very dear friend and someone that we -- that I work with every second of the day. And actually, we cherish - - I cherish his friendship.

BANNON: Yes, you know, I can run a little hot on occasions.

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BANNON: And -- and Reince is indefatigable. I mean, it's low key, but it's determination. The thing I respect most and the only way this thing works is Reince is always kind of steady. He's got Katie and some other people around him. It's very steady.

But his job is, by far, one of the toughest jobs I've ever seen in my life.  To make it run every day and to make the trains -- and you only see the surface. What's going on underneath in planning what's three weeks down the road to the -- to the degree that we're planning it, of all these EOs and legislation and -- you know, whether it's the tax reform bill, Reince is indefatigable in saying, We've got to drive this forward, we've got to drive this forward.

And I think it's one of the reasons we have such a -- and by the way, this started back in August. You know, when we had this campaign. We were outgunned, outmanned, you know, outspent. And it was because President Trump had a message. He had this charisma, and he had people like here at CPAC. And we just put our heads down, and that's when we -- and Reince has been unwavering since the very first moment I met him.

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GUILFOYLE: OK, and that was White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon at CPAC earlier today giving some insight into their relationship and the inner workings of the Trump administration.

And joining us now with reaction is Fox News contributor and host of the Bill Bennett podcast -- now, listen, you can listen to this and subscribe to his brand-new free podcast dedicated to quote, "translating Trump" on iTunes. Bill Bennett, thank you so much for joining us.

I want to get your reaction...

BILL BENNETT, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Thank you.

GUILFOYLE: ... to the joint CPAC appearance. It was quite interesting.  Everybody was tuning in, a lot of discussion about what's going on. Are there different factions in the administration? You have the two top guys in there. Does this put to rest the theory that Priebus and Bannon don't get along?

BENNETT: Well, it should, but I doubt that it will. I love Reince, but we've seen Reince before, Kimberly. But Steve Bannon -- this was a sunlight debut for Steve Bannon.

No, look, they're different guys, but they get along very well. And I must say, this was the right kind of debut for Steve Bannon. I mean, I think you know him a little bit. The guy was direct but not dark. He was straightforward but not sinister. He was candid but not, you know, scary.

And so I think he did fine. Obviously, a very smart guy, operating at a high level and engaged in a high-level argument, which no doubt the media and the corporatists, as he called them, will now take up.

Are there going to be rivalries in the White House? Of course. Will there be differences of opinion between the chief of staff and the chief strategist? Of course.

I mean, I remember, you know, being a near secretary of education being summoned to the White House many times because of disagreements. It was usually because I wanted a lower budget, and some of President Reagan's people wanted a higher budget, but Ronald Reagan always fixed that.

But no, they'll be -- these are strong men with strong points of view. The issues are tough, the load is incredible, and so there will be differences.  But I thought it was just fine and a good idea.

GUILFOYLE: Probably a good idea, you're right, because otherwise, there's been a lot of sort of public discourse about it. We've seen things on "Saturday Night Live" and otherwise.

This man then went forward to speak on his own behalf, Steve Bannon did, someone who was such a big part of the movement across this country, the Trump movement that brought out in droves the working class men and women of America that thought that they were forgotten. So it's nice to perhaps hear from someone who's on the inside.

And talk to me a little bit about, you know, the messaging and now the movement and direction of the conservative party.

BENNETT: Yes, well, I think it is a conservative Trump party a Trump conservative party, a little bit different coloration, a little bit different emphasis.

But there's a clear intellectual base to this. You can accuse Steve Bannon, I guess, of a lot of things, maybe gratuitously after today, but he's very, very smart, as is Reince Priebus. You saw a lot of enthusiasm there at CPAC, too.

What I thought was key, Kimberly -- I don't know if you thought this -- was that Matt Schlapp, who was the host, and Reince both talked about the fusion of conservatism and the Republican Party and that that is a kind of unstoppable force.

I don't know if it's always unstoppable, but it's pretty formidable. And you remember all the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments during the campaign, if Trump should be elected, it would be a total split of conservatism and Republicanism.

It's not. It's finding its way, and again, there will still be disagreements. But the -- what's the old saying? The dogs bark, but the caravans moves forward? The dogs are barking -- I thought that was -- by the way, it was very interesting, too, what Bannon had to say about the press. If you think the press, the mainstream media, will give up this country without a fight, you've got another think coming.

GUILFOYLE: Yes, really, what...

BENNETT: And he's right about that.

GUILFOYLE: ... kind of a call to arms to say you cannot rest on your laurels. If you want this movement to continue forward and the president to enact his agenda that he was voted in on wholeheartedly, you're going to have to fight for it.

Do you think that that was a significant unifying message and moment to try and kind of pit this movement against the mainstream media?

BENNETT: I think it was. I think it was reassuring to people. Again, simply the presence of those two together was a good thing. But then I think (INAUDIBLE) kind of call to arms and for perseverance in this effort.  They're going to go after Donald Trump every day.

One of the things that happened for me today -- I hope you don't mind me mentioning this.

GUILFOYLE: Sure.

BENNETT: You (ph) talked about similarities between these two guys. We had this podcast that's now out with Mike Pence, Vice President Pence, and he talked about the awe, you know, how awe struck he is with the job, with the burdens and responsibilities, with the history.

We followed that with a podcast interview with Steve Wynn -- you know, Steve Wynn of Wynn Reports...

GUILFOYLE: Sure.

BENNETT: ... in Las Vegas and elsewhere. And Wynn described going through a tour of the White House with Donald Trump. And he said the most reassuring thing to me was to see how awe struck, how respectful Donald Trump was of that White House and its history.

So that to me as a citizen is a very good sign. These guys know what a big deal this is, what they are part of. They take it very seriously, and as well they should. I'm glad to be part of this, even it's an onlooker (INAUDIBLE)

GUILFOYLE: Yes, absolutely. Interesting. And Steve Wynn, of course, with that big job, raising all the money as finance chair now for the party going forward.

Dr. Bennett, we look forward to your podcast. Congratulations. And two already key interviews there, so we're are excited about it, Pence, Wynn, and I believe also you'll have Steve Bannon coming up. So Dr. Bennett, thank you so much.

BENNETT: That's right.

GUILFOYLE: We'll get that on iTunes.

All right, coming up next right here on "Hannity"...

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TRUMP: You see what's happening at the border. All of a sudden, for the first time, we're getting gang members out. We're getting drug lords out.  We're getting really bad dudes out of this country and at a rate that nobody's ever seen before. And they're the bad ones.

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GUILFOYLE: And that was President Trump earlier today talking about his new immigration guidelines. This comes after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan toured the southern border. Congressmen Mike McCaul and John Carter, who went with Speaker Ryan yesterday, will join us next to explain what they saw.

And later...

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REP. KEITH ELLISON, D-MINN.: I think that he -- Donald Trump has already done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of impeachment.

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GUILFOYLE: Congressman Keith Ellison, one of the favorites to be the next chair of the DNC, claims that President Trump could be impeached! Steve Hilton, Charles Hurt and Richard Fowler will have reaction.

That and much more as "Hannity" continues.

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TRUMP: You see what's happening at the border. All of a sudden, for the first time, we're getting gang members out. We're getting drug lords out.  We're getting really bad dudes out of this country and at a rate that nobody's ever seen before. And they're the bad ones.

And it's a military operation because what has been allowed to come into our country -- when you see gang violence that you've read about like never before, and all of the things -- much of that is people that are here illegally. And they're rough and they're tough, but they're not tough like our people.

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GUILFOYLE: And that was President Donald Trump earlier today at the White House talking about how he is working to keep America safe. White House press secretary Sean Spicer later clarified the president's "military operation" comment, saying that he was using that as an adjective.

Now, yesterday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan toured the U.S.-Mexico border, and joining me now is one of the lawmakers who was with Speaker Ryan yesterday, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Congressman Mike McCaul. Congressman, thanks for being on the program tonight.

REP. MIKE MCCAUL, R-TEXAS: Thanks, Kimberly.

GUILFOYLE: Very curious to hear -- what did you see on your tour of the border yesterday? And did anything that you see impact or change your opinion about what's necessary?

MCCAUL: Well, it was a very productive trip to have the speaker come down.  He's never seen it before. You really have to see the border to understand it. He saw it from the air, Black Hawk helicopter, by river in patrol boats and by land on horseback.

And I think a lot of what we saw most importantly is the morale of Border Patrol has increased exponentially since the last time I was down there. I think that's because they have now a president in the White House that supports them, and we now have the political will to finally get this done.  And I just can't emphasize that enough.

I think one of the great takeaways also, Kimberly, was when you look at what you call the wall or infrastructure to provide physical barriers, they have in McAllen a levee system that's made of concrete that I think can provide a very creative way that the community accepts because it helps against flood, to provide a flood control, a way to put concrete down there, but not to offend the local communities down on the border.

We in Texas have a difficult challenge because unlike San Diego and El Paso, which has a lot of fencing already, we have a river that goes from El Paso down to the -- down to McAllen and into the Gulf of Mexico.

So I thought it was very insightful, and I think there's some great takeaways spread

GUILFOYLE: OK, so I was reading some articles earlier, and you are on record saying that you didn't believe perhaps that they wall might be necessary based on what you saw. What did you mean by that?

MCCAUL: I said consistently physical barriers are necessary. I think we're going to see more fencing down there. I think these levees, when you look at the levees, they are made out of concrete and they do provide a wall, a physical concrete wall in the Rio Grande Valley.

But I think you have to have a smart border too that not only relies on physical barriers but also technology. Kimberly, it's very important to have aviation assets, sensors, surveillance, so we have 100 percent visibility to see from the sky what's happening on the ground, and sensor cameras to pick up what's happening as well.

GUILFOYLE: You have to utilize all the tools necessary to be able to effectuate that safety and national security. Just real quick, what are you looking for to see in a talks between Mexico and our new secretary of state Rex Tillerson?

MCCAUL: I think to have a concerted effort to secure our southern border and, quite frankly, Mexico's southern border. They have a border problem of their own, and I think working together with Mexico to get this thing done is very important. I think Rex Tillerson is a talented guy who I think can accomplish that. I talked to the Mexican ambassador myself, and he wants to work with us to get that security. And I think it's possible.

GUILFOYLE: And it's mutually beneficial as both sides have interest in making sure that the security is maintained. Congressman McCaul, thank you so much for your time.

MCCAUL: Thanks, Kimberly.

GUILFOYLE: And joining us now is another Republican lawmaker who toured the border with Speaker Ryan yesterday, Chairman of the Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee Congressman John Carter. Congressman, thanks for being here tonight. Now let's get your take and your impression of the tour and if you believe the wall is needed.

REP. JOHN CARTER, R-TEXAS: The speaker made a whirlwind tour, but he got to see every element of what we've got on the southern border. The southern border of Texas is very peculiar and different from any of the rest of the southern border in California, Arizona, or New Mexico because of the river. Not only because of the river, but because people own the land that borders that river. And that makes a big difference in what we can do down there. The speaker saw the challenges. I think he's got a real good view of what's going on.

GUILFOYLE: Well, the American people were resounding in their support that put President Trump in office that they want to build the wall and they want to have a Mexico pay for it. Do you believe the wall will be built, and how are we going to pay for it?

CARTER: I think the wall will be built, and walls where walls will work will be built hopefully shortly. How it's going to be paid for, that's going to be up for the various negotiations that are going on and what the other committees are working on as a way of coming up with the funding to pay for the wall. All that will be up in the air temporarily, but I'm looking forward to supplementary that we're going to get in March.  Hopefully we'll have funds for homeland security which allows us to get started on this.

GUILFOYLE: OK, so you do support that we at least put forth the funds ahead of time, not so much worry about collecting it. Let's get it built and done.

CARTER: Well, if there's a plan for collecting it I'm for that. But I'm not aware of the plan.

GUILFOYLE: OK.        

CARTER: But I do need the funds in order to build the wall and I support building that wall.

GUILFOYLE: All right, go out and get them. Thank you so much, Congressman.

 And coming up next, right here on the "Hannity."

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ELLISON: I think Donald Trump has already done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of impeachment.

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GUILFOYLE: He hopes to be the next chairman of the DNC, and now Congressman Keith Ellison is talking about impeaching the president. Up next, we'll get reaction from Steve Hilton, Charles Hurt, and Richard Fowler.         

And later, as you know, it has been a very hard day for the fox News family. We are mourning the loss of our dear friend, our colleague Alan Colmes. Later tonight, I will speak with Sean Hannity about what Alan meant to him and to this network. Stay with us.        

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GUILFOYLE: Welcome back to "Hannity." Now, on Saturday, the DNC will be voting to elect its new chairperson. And last night one the frontrunner candidates, Congressman Keith Ellison, had this to say about President Trump.

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ELLISON: I think Donald Trump has already done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of impeachment. And right now it's not only about Donald Trump. It is about the integrity of the presidency. So yes, I think that we need to begin investigations to not go after Donald Trump, but to protect our constitution and the presidency of the United States to make sure that nobody can monetize the presidency and make a profit off of it for their own gain.

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GUILFOYLE: And joining me now with reaction, former advisor to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and FOX News contributor Steve Hilton, Fox News contributor Richard Fowler, and Fox News contributor and opinion editor for the Washington Times Charles Hurt. So Charlie, what do you think about Congressman Ellison's remarks? He thinks already that President Trump has done enough damage or sufficient means to impeach them, which is shock and awe right there?

CHARLES HURT, POLITICAL COLUMNIST, WASHINGTON TIMES: It is definitely shock and awe. We've looked at eight years where Democrats have failed to lead. They've failed to behave like adults here in Washington. Voters have completely thrown them out of power. They don't have a single lever of power anywhere. And now their only responsibility is to be the loyal opposition, and they can't even do that. Ellison is acting like a spoiled child throwing a hissy fit. And I think it's a perfect example of why Democrats managed to lose 1,000 seats since Barack Obama first won election eight years ago.

GUILFOYLE: Yes. Steve, what do you think the strategy is here? They suffered devastating losses in the House, in the Senate. They lost the Oval when they were counting on it. They were counting their money and the cards of the table. What is the point here? They seem to now want to go all the way to the left with these bomb throwing statements?

STEVE HILTON, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: I think the specific immediate point is Keith Ellison trying to win the election, and so he's basically saying what his base wants to hear. In other words, it might be pandering.

But I think the bigger point is that actually in a broader sense it may serve him well for his audience on the weekend in the DNC chair election, but generally speaking I think this kind of over-the-top rhetoric really undermines the credibility of the person who says it. It actually introduces an element of hate and divisiveness to politics which I thought the Democrats were against.

But on the other hand, if you're looking at it as a Republican, I think this kind of stuff actually is something you should be cheering on, because as long as the Democrats wallow in their hatred of Trump and don't do the hard work of really figuring out why, as you said, they lost elections up and down the ballot right across the country and why working people in America no longer believe that the Democratic Party represents them, then that will help Republicans in the long run.

GUILFOYLE: Richard, what is the explanation for this kind of lunacy in this bizarre behavior? Making comments like that, do you think that Ellison is the odd-on favorite? Is he going to be able to achieve this by tacking to the left of everyone else that he is up against?

RICHARD FOWLER, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: We'll have to see. I think the election will find itself out on Saturday.

The hissy fit is an interesting word that Charlie uses there, because if my memory serves me correctly, about eight years ago, a guy named Donald Trump went around the country and talked about Obama's birth certificate and he threw a rather big hissy fit. Sadly he's president today.

But here's the problem. I think instead of worried about what the Democrats are doing, Republicans should start legislating. By the time in Obama's legacy, the Democrats had passed at least four or five bills.  Right now, Republicans have passed wait for it, wait for it Kimberly - goose egg. Zero bills. Zero bills to the president's desk.

HURT: You raise a very interesting point, and I'm not defending Republicans here, but my goodness, what does that say about Democrats that this monster you talk about eight years ago is not sitting at the White House? Isn't that evidence that Democrats have completely failed on every level?

FOWLER: Charlie, that's a good point. I think it's less about that.  Don't get me wrong, I think we got the selection wrong. I'll be the first to tell you that. But with that being said I think at the rate that Donald Trump is going, Republicans should also look in the mirror. Here's the point, Kimberly, think about this way. Anything the president says makes news. So when the president goes out there and says there's a quote- unquote "attack in Sweden" and he says it, it's false. And when it's false, false is a synonym for fake. So the president is a perpetuator of fake news even though he says he's against fake news.

GUILFOYLE: I'm going to give Steve the less 30 seconds here. Steve?

HILTON: Rich is right to say that in the end the Republicans who are in power will be judged by their results, and I'm pretty unconfident they are determined to get those results in so they can have a good record for the elections coming up at 2018 and the next presidential election in 2020.  But in the meantime, the Democrats only have words. And if the words they use, these over-the-top hysterical statements, that is not good to serve them well in trying to win elections in the years ahead.

GUILFOYLE: It sounds like the left needs their own Brexit real soon. All right, gentlemen, thank you so much, Steve, Richard, and Charlie. It was a pleasure.

And coming up, it's been a hard day for the Fox News family. Stay with us.

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GUILFOYLE: Welcome back to "Hannity." The Fox News family is mourning tonight. Fox News Radio broadcaster, author, and the longtime cohost of "Hannity & Colmes," Alan Colmes has passed away at the age 66. In a moment we'll speak with Sean Hannity. But first, we'll take a look back and celebrate the life and career of our cherished colleague and friend.

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ALAN COLMES, CO-HOST, OCT. 7, 1996: Welcome back to "Hannity & Colmes." I'm Alan Colmes.

COLMES, NOV. 5, 2001: One Danke Schoen, is that asking too much?

WAYNE NEWTON, SINGER: Just one?

COLMES: Two, three?

WAYNE NEWTON: Danke Schoen, Alan, Danke Schoen.

COLMES, DEC. 7, 2001: Niger! Niger, does he want -- Niger, stop filibustering! Niger! Niger!

(CROSSTALK)

COLMES, OCT. 24, 2006: That you have to do compromises and do horse-trading that you never envisioned in order, as still maintain your integrity at the same time.

THEN-SEN. BARACK OBAMA: Keep in mind I was in the state legislature in Illinois for seven years. So I wasn't naive when I got to Washington.

COLMES, AUG. 10, 2007: What do you think when people say, Joe Biden, we need astrong – strong on security, great vice president?

SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST, DEC. 3, 2008: I'm just a humble host here.

COLMES: You’re humble?

(LAUGHTER)

HANNITY: Yes, as a matter of fact I am.

HANNITY: Do have to forgive Alan for Christmas?

COLMES: Absolutely.

COLMES: He got everything he wants this year. He got Barack Obama elected.

COLMES, JAN. 9, 20098: To be fair and balanced. Those of the complete works of Karl Marx included in "The Communist Manifesto."

HANNITY: "The Communist Manifesto"!

(LAUGHTER)

COLMES: I will give you the other gift when we get back.

HANNITY: As I think of the years, I feel very blessed. John Kasich is right – hang on. You're a class act, Alan Colmes.

COLMES: Thanks for reading that off the --

HANNITY: No, no, no. I'm not reading it. You're a good person. And you are a personal friend.

COLMES: He's going to kill you with conservatism.

HANNITY: Hang on a second. I am going to miss you.

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GUILFOYLE: And joining us now on the phone is Sean Hannity. Sean, so many incredible memories and moments, and uncertainly the dynamic duo, that team of "Hannity & Colmes" is one of the greatest teams in all of television, and people really loved watching the two of you together. You had such a wonderful relationship. I was lucky to be able to witness it firsthand being part of your show, and seeing the two of you work together to cover American history and politics like nobody ever did. Your thoughts here?  And I know you must be missing and remembering your friend.

HANNITY: You know, K.G., it brings back so many fine memories. I want to, by the way, thank all of you and the guys at "The Five" and Neil Cavuto and Shep Smith and Bill Hemmer and Shannon Bream everybody at Fox. The one thing that stands out as I listen to that again, and it just brings back all the memories of all the fun.

When we started out, neither one of us had a whole heck of a lot of TV experience. I'm now in my 21st year so I guess I'm pretty experienced now.  But we were just hoping to try to survive. And to do that, we developed a friendship. Our political differences were real. He was as liberal as you could get. He believed it passionately. People remember us for that back and forth in the debate, and sometimes it would be contentious. But at the end of the day we had a common goal. We wanted to this show to succeed, and it did. We ended up beating Larry King who was just an icon in cable news at that time. And we never looked back.

And it was always the number one show in its time slot and also the number two show on cable news for a long time. I was very, very blessed. And we always would say to each other, we would say how lucky we were that Fox took a chance and Roger Ailes took a chance on us and put us on the air, and also gave us the time to grow.

And the one thing you saw and heard there is Alan's great sense of humor.  What was really hard about debating Alan is because he was a former standup comic, he was a great radio guy, he loved radio, loved his audience, loved the microphone, but he had a sense of timing that was impeccable. And I'd be thinking, I just made the greatest point ever. He'd crack a joke and off into the ether whatever great point I thought I made.

And I want to say one other thing, K.G. Everybody in the building loved him. And the one thing about Alan is he was one of the most liked people at Fox News ever. And there's a lot of infighting sometimes in cable news.  Not with Alan. Alan was loved by everybody. And he had a decency that transcended all politics. And in this day and age, that's kind of a refreshing thing to hear.

Really my thoughts and prayers tonight are with his wife, Jocelyn, of course his sister-in-law, our friend Monica Crowley, his whole family, Rory, his manager, who was with him his entire career. They are all devastated and heartbroken as we are. And my prayers are with all of them tonight.

He was a friend. And one other thing. He faced -- I won't go into the details of what he faced. We had our offices next to each other, we talked all the time, and he came and they told him the story about his illness.  He was very optimistic. And he said my only fear about this even though he was facing a daunting, a daunting challenge, his only fear was, oh, I don't want my wife to worry about me. I don't want her to suffer. I don't want her to go through all of this. And it just speaks volumes of about a guy that had that kind of love and compassion and real humanity about him that he always put other people first.

And I was very honored to have him as a partner through all these years.  We had so much fun. We worked so hard together, and we had a common goal to deliver to our audience every night the best show we could. You can't replace him. He's just going to be missed sorely and dearly. And our hearts are broken tonight.

GUILFOYLE: Most certainly. And I'll tell you what, for all of our colleagues here at Fox News Channel, Sean Hannity reported and paid a beautiful tribute for his dear friend and his colleague and cohost, and we posted it on our Facebook page. You can check it out on "Hannity" as well.  Really lovely, Sean, and you were wonderful to him and I know how much you appreciated working with him together. It was beautiful to see the on air chemistry and how interesting and the debates back and forth. It was educational, informative, and exhilarating at times.

HANNITY: He loved the show on Fox News. He loved radio, all the time he had on the air. He loved doing the show. And I've got to say, all of our colleagues have been absolutely amazing today. The tribute you did on "The Five," Neil Cavuto, Shepard Smith, everyone has been so amazing. I got the nicest note from Dana, your colleague, and others today. And I'm very appreciative. And please if everybody could put him and his family and his wife Jocelyn and our friend Monica in their prayers, it would be really nice --

GUILFOYLE: Most certainly, and you are in our prayers as well, dear friend Sean Hannity, thank you so much.

HANNITY: OK, K.G., thanks so much. You're the best.

GUILFOYLE: And coming up, more "Hannity" right after the break. Stay with us.

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GUILFOYLE: Welcome back to "Hannity." Unfortunately, that is all the time we have left this evening. And as always, thank you for being with us.

And don't forget to set your DVR so you never miss an episode of "Hannity." And be sure please to tune into "The Five" every weekday at 5:00 eastern.  I will be filling in for Sean again tomorrow night. President Donald Trump is speaking at CPAC, and we will have all the highlights and full reaction.  We will see you then, and we hope you have a great night. Once again, we want to send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers out to the Colmes family.  Alan, you will be missed.

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