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Pence: Trump tunes out detractors and focuses on promises

Part two of the vice president's interview on 'Hannity'

 

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," June 2, 2017. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: Welcome to "Hannity," and this is a "Fox News Alert." Freedom of speech is under attack! It is now open season on conservative voices all across the country!

Michelle Malkin, Lou Dobbs, Larry Elder, Corey Lewandowski, Dr. Gina Loudon will all join us with reaction tonight. Now, also, we'll have tonight part two of my interview with the vice president, Mike Pence. How does he govern while all the media talks about is Russia, Russia?

Also, comedian Kathy Griffin back in the public eye just days after this vicious, vile anti-Trump photo shoot went public cost her jobs. Now she's making a plea for 1st Amendment rights? Well, nobody's taking them away from her. The latest example of the left's free speech double standard, and we will explain this very important issue in tonight's "Opening Monologue."

All right, Kathy Griffin earlier this week on social media -- she did apologize for posing like an ISIS fighter with a mock bloody severed head that looks like President Trump. Now, today, the disgraced comedian held a press conference with her lawyers, where she made an impassioned plea for her constitutional rights, which nobody's tried to take away. Watch this.

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KATHY GRIFFIN, COMEDIAN: Regarding the image that I participated in, that apology absolutely stands. I feel horrible. I have performed in war zones. The idea that this -- you know, many people think of this tragedy, have been touched by this tragedy, is horrifying and it's horrible.

But I just wanted to say, you know, if you don't stand up, you get run over, and what's happening to me has never happened ever in the history of this great country. This is America, and you shouldn't have to die for it. The death threats that I'm getting are constant and they are detailed and they're serious and they're specific. And today, it's me. And tomorrow, it could be you.

I believe so passionately about this, if I don't stand up and say this, I'm afraid there's going to be some 12-year-old nerdy girl like me in Forest Park, Illinois, who's going to maybe be watching me to see what I do.

I've made fun of W! I made fun of Clinton. Oh, God, remember the Monica dress days? Those were the days! You could make dress jokes all day long, and nobody tried to kill you! You shouldn't have to die for this!

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HANNITY: All right, that was only small part of her press congressman. Now, later in the program, we're going to tell you who Kathy's actually blaming, playing the victim and who she thinks is trying to take her down. If it wasn't so downright pathetic, it's actually funny. And it's kind of insane, actually.

But first, for decades both on radio and television, I have stood up for the fundamental principle of freedom of speech. And by the way, that goes for people I completely disagree with. Last night, I played you multiple examples going back many, many years of me defending people even like Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert, and they have said horrific things on their programs. I have simply told you, my viewers, if you don't like what they're saying, all right, hit the on/off button or change the channel.


Now, I feel that way about Kathy Griffin. I think what she did is beyond offensive. It's despicable. It's disgusting. But this week, when she came under scrutiny, I never called for her to be fired or do I want people not to attend her show or boycotting her.

And by the way, just one side note. It is kind of pathetic her so-called friend, co-host, Anderson Cooper over at CNN -- how weak, pathetic, disloyal -- he couldn't even stand up for his friend? Well, Anderson, you need to grow a spine.

Now, in fact, I did just the opposite. Now, I don't like Kathy Griffin. She's not my cup of tea. But you know what? Kathy Griffin's being a hypocrite. You know, so she goes to this press conference today, shedding crocodile tears and calling on people to respect freedom of speech.

But here's the point. Has she ever stood up for a single conservative when they come under fire from the left? You know what? When they say things she disagrees with, has she ever said a word?

Now, this week, liberal fascists -- well, they tried to take me off the air, silence my voice, get me fired. And so many of you have helped me out and come to my defense, and I thank you for that very much. Did Kathy Griffin? She ever speak out in my defense and say I had a right to voice my opinion? Not that I know of, not a peep. Now, in fact, we could not find and we looked really hard for a single example of Kathy Griffin ever standing up for a conservative voice that was under attack by the left. Now, this is the liberal double standard that we're talking about tonight.

And we want to give you another example to help prove our point. Now, yesterday, President Trump -- he made the decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement -- by the way, a huge win for business, for people out of work, for workers, people in the energy sector, a huge win for America. And the commander-in-chief -- well, he showed true leadership. He fulfilled another campaign promise. And President Trump showed once again he's putting America first. Otherwise, we'd lose three million jobs.

Now, we're going to have more on that later in the program with Larry Elder, but first let's take a look how Democrats -- you know, these people in Hollywood, Learjet liberals, members of the destroy Trump media -- how they reacted.

For example, Hollywood hypocrite liberal Michael Moore tweeted, "Trump just committed a crime against humanity. Now, this admitted predator has now expanded his predatory acts to the entire planet," and then the hashtag Paris accord. He also went on to tweet, "USA to earth, FU!"

Or how about this tweet from Bette Midler. Quote, "There has never been in U.S. history been such a destructive megalomaniac in the White House. Thank you to the U.S. press and other numbskulls who put him there."

But it wasn't just celebrities who are out there raging, I mean raging against the president. Now, we want to show you a cartoon that was published today in The Washington Post. Now, be warned. This cartoon is graphic and disturbing, like so many other things liberal put out there, showing the president sitting on the toilet. Pretty unbelievable, Washington Post -- really? A newspaper?

Now, the media is also publishing headlines like this from The New York Daily News, "Trump to the world, drop dead." Or this from a page from a German tabloid telling Trump to "F" you.

And then, of course, there's the destroy Trump media. You got to watch this completely unhinged abusively biased rigidly left ideological coverage. Take a look.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This will be the day that the United States resigned as the leader of the free world. It's nothing short of that.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: On a sunny day in the Rose Garden, what could be defined and construed as a dark speech--

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's about finding a way to do both, to have your economy flourish without our children dying from asthma. I mean, it was one of the most cynical sort of prepared sets of remarks that I've heard from the president since inauguration day.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He just came back from his European trip, and he was angry with the leaders of government, Ms. Merkel, and the new leader of France. So what you have here is a president (INAUDIBLE) in anger. (INAUDIBLE) president as psychologically troubled in this way since at least Richard Nixon.

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HANNITY: Now, if you can believe it, the reaction from Democrats was even more apocalyptic. Take a look at this.

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NANCY PELOSI, D-HOUSE MINORITY LEADER: Low-income and minority families are disproportionately vulnerable to the ravages of the climate crisis. This is a civil rights issue, environmental justice. It's -- how is he ever going to explain to his grandchildren what he did to the air they breathe, assuming they breathe air?

JOHN KERRY, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: The president was not truthful with the American people today. And the president who talked about putting America first has now put America last.

GOV. JERRY BROWN, R-CALIFORNIA: People are going to die. Habitat will be destroyed. Seas will rise. Insects will spread in areas they've never been before. This is not a game. It's not politics to talk to your base. It's humanity and whether it makes it through the 21st century.

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HANNITY: This -- this is like a left-wing mass psychosis that is happening there. They're deranged, completely unhinged! Now, liberals -- they should be up in arms over what we just showed you. Imagine if that was President Obama that they were talking about. You know what? Where's the Clinton-Soros group that's been trying to get me fired now? Funny! They haven't said a word about those disgusting remarks or the abusively biased coverage on the left.

On this program, by the way, no matter how ridiculous the left becomes, I'm always going to stick up for their right to spew their stupidity. We'll just point it out. Now, as we have seen over and over again, whether it's Kathy Griffin and her pleas for freedom of speech or Nancy Pelosi's constant defense of civil liberties, you know what? The left liberal in this country, they're such hypocrites. They always seem to be silent when any conservative comes under attack, not a peep!

And by the way, that goes for some of my colleagues, liberals on cable television. They never spoke out in favor of Sean Hannity not being boycotted all in an attempt to silence me and get me fired. Now, that is the left's dangerous free speech double standard, and it is now more obvious than it's ever been.

Here with reaction is the host of "Michelle Malkin Investigates," CRTV, Michelle Malkin. I'm not surprised -- you're laughing. It is a -- it's sort of like a group psychotic, you know, meltdown, isn't it?

MICHELLE MALKIN, CONSERVATIVE COMMENTATOR: It is, Sean. The left is self- immolating. And this Kathy Griffin press conference was an utter dumpster fire! She really is the worst kind of soulless troll. And I really don't have anything better to say about Lisa Bloom, who is essentially a mooching tick on a soulless troll.

I think the worst part of the press conference was the crocodile tears, as you mentioned, of Kathy Griffin and an outright lie. You know, on top of everything else, Kathy Griffin is just the worst kind of liar because she said she would never hurt a child, even though she is on record in an interview with Vulture (ph) magazine last year saying that she specifically--

HANNITY: I think it was in December.

MALKIN: -- was going to target -- right -- that she was going to target Barron Trump! As a mother of a 13-year-old son who would have just been as traumatized by that bloody, sick and vile image of Donald Trump that Kathy Griffin and Tyler Shields (ph) were responsible for -- as a mother, my blood boils! All that said, I--

HANNITY: Exact quote, Michelle--

MALKIN: Yes.

HANNITY: The exact quote -- "I said I would go after Barron Trump. Comedians should be able to go after everyone." So she did. And then doubted whether or not the Trump family was telling the truth that Barron happened to see it on TV and it upset him. I think that would upset any 11-year-old kid if they see their father's head in this ISIS pose of hers or ISIS-like pose of hers with a decapitated severed head of their father. So--

MALKIN: That's exactly right.

HANNITY: -- you know, the crocodile tears -- cry me a river.

MALKIN: That's right. And then they doubling and tripling down by Kathy Griffin's enablers and supporters in continuing to attack the Trump family and specifically Barron Trump -- it is unacceptable! And I agree with you, Sean, that yes, the answer to bad speech or speech with which we disagree is more and better speech. But where are the honest, good faith liberals, all of the fair weather friends of free speech, to talk about and to use their own free speech to say, This is where we draw the line. We do not accept this?

And you know, I've covered this. You know, part of the reason why I was chuckling was I wrote a book called "Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild," 11 years ago! I had an entire chapter on assassination fascination and the left's sick fetish of using politically violent images to try and demonize and marginalize conservatives.

And this is where the danger comes in because they, as a rule, as an ideological tool, have tried to criminalize conservative political dissent. That's what they've done to us! Look at, you know, the entire years of the Bush years or look even during the Obama years, when they went after Sarah Palin for using an innocuous target sign, to blame every last act of random violence on right-wing conservatives! And they were shameless about it. And you are right, Sean, to call them out. Where were these people to defend our political speech when it was literally under fire?

HANNITY: Michelle Malkin, very well said, very well said. And there were only two liberals that stood up for me, Lanny Davis and Rick Unger, the only two! Thank you, Michelle. Appreciate it.

Now, wait'll you see what we got coming up here. Well, Kathy Griffin blaming old white men that are coming after her, and she actually claimed that, you know, comedians should be able to do this to everyone, and the president's trying to destroy her. She's playing the victim. And by the way, if she was a man, she says this wouldn't happen. We've got this bizarre press conference. That's coming up with this tonight.

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GRIFFIN: There's a bunch of old white guy trying to silence me, and I'm just here to say that's wrong.

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HANNITY: All right, during today's press conference, Kathy Griffin blaming so many people, playing the victim. We'll explain who she's blaming and we'll get reaction. Lou Dobbs joins us.

And President Trump fulfills his huge campaign promise by pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. Well, liberals won't tell Americans how bad this deal was. We will. Larry Elder joins us.

All of that, plus part two of my interview with the vice president, Mike Pence, as he discusses how hard it is to govern while all the media talks about is Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia on this busy Friday breaking news night.

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HANNITY: And welcome back to "Hannity." So comedian Kathy Griffin may have apologized for crossing the line with her vile photo shoot where she held a severed head of somebody resembling the president. But today, she blamed a lot people for trying to take her down, playing the victim. Really? Watch this.

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GRIFFIN: I'm not afraid of Donald Trump. He's a bully. I've dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole life, my whole career. A sitting president of the United States and his grown children and the first lady are personally, I feel -- personally trying to ruin my life forever, forever. My impression is that they have mobilized their armies or their bots or whatever they do. I -- like I said, it's quite clear to me that they're trying to use me as a distraction. And I'm not going to be collateral damage for this fool.

I saw the tide turning and I saw what they were doing. I went, oh, OK, they're trying to spin this and they're making it about Barron. And obviously, that was never my intent. I would never want to hurt anyone, much less a child. But I started to see what was really happening. And then it was a mob mentality pile-on. There's a bunch of old white guys trying to silence me, and I'm just here to say that's wrong.

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HANNITY: She said in December she'd go after an 11-year-old kid!

Joining us now from the Fox Business Network, our sister network, Lou Dobbs is with us. I don't even know where to begin here -- you know the fact that she's blaming -- she's blaming men. If I was a man, this wouldn't have happened. She's blaming Trump and his family after his 11-year-old kid had to see this grotesque image of her posting like an ISIS fighter having just beheaded somebody? Is she serious?

LOU DOBBS, FOX BUSINESS: Well, she apparently is serious. And she is -- I think the president gets the last word on Kathy Griffin. His tweet ended with the word "sick." Sick is her performance since that very sick and appalling stunt that she pulled. And this press conference, Sean -- I have to disagree with you a bit. I think--

HANNITY: What?

DOBBS: I think conservatives, Republicans, all decent Americans should pay for her to stay on the road doing this day after day--

(LAUGHTER)

DOBBS: -- with Lisa Bloom. You see the rancid soul of the left in almost every word she utters! I -- I think she should be on display. I think there should be a loop--

HANNITY: Oh, Lou--

(CROSSTALK)

DOBBS: -- cable television!

HANNITY: She -- well, OK. I don't know if I could handle the loop part.

(LAUGHTER)

HANNITY: But I'll say this. You know, her career is -- every liberal snowflake in the country -- she goes from a D-list comedian to at least a C-minus. They're all going to want to see her because of this!

DOBBS: I think you're going to see something that is unprecedented. I think you're going to see (INAUDIBLE) Sean, and I'm serious -- I think you're going to see the left, you're going to see Hollywood, academia all begging her to get the hell off the air, to just shut up for a while! Because--

HANNITY: No, no, no, no. I want her to stay out there.

(CROSSTALK)

DOBBS: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. But the left is going to be running the boycott against her!

(LAUGHTER)

HANNITY: I know. And where did this come from, old white men? Where did it come from, The Trumps are trying to destroy me? How did she flip this (INAUDIBLE) I mean, I--

DOBBS: I think it's a wonderful--

HANNITY: I practice martial arts. This is great jujitsu.

DOBBS: It was great jujitsu, judo. It may have thrown a little taekwondo because she's basically blaming the president for having one of the great families in all of American politics. How dare him have children who love him and admire him and--

HANNITY: Yes, and stick up for their family and their little brother.

DOBBS: -- fight for him. I mean, how dare them! How dare them do that!

HANNITY: Let me ask you this. You know, I got to be honest, I stick up for my friends in life. I accepted her apology until this insanity, and still accept it because I'm not like these liberal fascists wanting to silence speech I don't like. I'm not like them. I haven't been my whole career.

DOBBS: Right.

HANNITY: But I'm looking at, like, Anderson Cooper. I'm, like, Anderson, grow a spine. You know what? Stick up for your friend. Accept her apology. What is it with -- there's such disloyalty and a lack of conviction. Everybody's afraid of how it impacts them in life!

DOBBS: But this is wonderful, Sean! We're seeing who these people really are!

HANNITY: Yes, you're right.

DOBBS: And we're seeing why they're not conservatives, they're not, you know -- you know, they -- the stuff (ph) of this country! The American--

HANNITY: When you got under fire at CNN, I called you!

(CROSSTALK)

HANNITY: I called Lou, I said, Hang in there. Don't let it get you down.

DOBBS: And I've been praying for you that you'll get through the weekend--

(LAUGHTER)

DOBBS: -- staying employed!

HANNITY: Thanks for praying, Lou. I works! So far, we're surviving, thanks to my audience, but--

DOBBS: Absolutely.

HANNITY: All right, I got to roll, my friend.

DOBBS: You got it.

HANNITY: Have a great weekend.

DOBBS: You, too, Sean.

HANNITY: Oh, boy!

Coming up on this busy Friday breaking news night tonight on "Hannity"--

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TRUMP: Compliance with the terms of the Paris accord and the onerous energy restrictions that is placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025.

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HANNITY: President Trump fulfilling a major campaign promise and announcing that he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. Liberals -- they are freaking out because guess what? It may save American jobs. And guess what? China and India are exempt? Seriously? We'll get reaction. Larry Elder will join us.

And then later -- even Hillary Clinton's allies in the press are starting to say, Maybe it's your fault. Dr. Gina Loudon, Corey Lewandowski.

And part two of my interview with the vice president, Mike Pence, as he answers the question, governing in the age of the destroy Trump media and Russia, Russia, Russia on this busy night.

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TRUMP: Compliance with the terms of the Paris accord and the onerous energy restrictions that is placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025, according to the National Economic Research Associates.

My job as president is to do everything within my power to give America a level playing field and to create the economic, regulatory and tax structures that make America the most prosperous and productive country on earth.

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HANNITY: That was President Trump explaining why he is pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. Now, Democrats won't tell you how the deal is going to hurt American workers. You know, the 50 million in poverty on food stamps, 95 million out of the labor force. Yes, they need jobs.

Joining us now with reaction, Salem Radio talk show host, nationally syndicated, Larry Elder is with us. You know, 2.7 million jobs in eight years, Larry. These are real people, real lives, real impact. The president made the promise on the campaign trail, said it over and over again. And the visceral hate and reaction -- I mean, I'm trying to understand how these people that have these comfortable lives sit back -- Oh. What do they care about 2.7 million Americans out of work?

LARRY ELDER, SALEM RADIO NATIONAL SYNDICATED HOST: That's a great point. And of course the Republicans are the ones who are accused of being anti- science. Let's deal first with this so-called 97 percent consensus. That came from a researcher who looked at thousands of climate papers, peer reviewed papers, two-thirds of which gave no opinion whatsoever about the extent to which they believe that man created climate change. A third of them did have an opinion, but they didn't express an opinion as to the degree of manmade activity, what to do about it, let alone whether to spend trillions of dollars, which is what this Paris agreement would have required.

And remember when Al Gore goes over to Japan and he negotiated the Kyoto Accord? The Senate passed a resolution 95 to nothing they were not going to ratify this if that treaty excluded China and India, big polluters. Fast forward, the Paris accord gives a very easy pass to China and to India, big polluters. So it's dead on arrival, which is why Obama never submitted it to the Senate in the first place.

So for all these people that are yelling and screaming about how there's this consensus and that most people in this country are concerned about it, it's nonsense. Look at the polls. Most people are concerned about jobs, jobs, and jobs. And this is a job killer. And I salute Donald Trump for fulfilling yet another campaign promise.

HANNITY: How do you make --- its' almost universal, sort of like a mass psychotic breakdown, an unhinged breakdown, and all of the people in Hollywood, I would argue probably all of them have been out there flying on their little private jets all over the world, which is fine. Go ahead, enjoy your success, but don't take away jobs from Americans that need them on food stamps and poverty and out of the labor force. And crimes against humanity, acts against the entire planet, "USA to Earth, F-you," really we've got to hear this from these people with their lifestyles? No, thank you.

ELDER: And pulling out from this agreement does not stop any of these people from talking the talk and walking the walk. You want to put solar panels on your house, go ahead. You want to drive a hybrid, go ahead. It does not stop colleges and universities from doing R and D. It does not stop the private sector from doing R and D. And if all of this is not good for the business, then explain to me why the stock market went up when Donald Trump pulled out.

HANNITY: It went up for one reason.

(LAUGHTER)

HANNITY: It went up because this is good for business. And you know what, why is there this unwillingness to accept this basic fact, that the lifeblood of this economy is energy. We have been way too dependent on foreign sources of energy. We have natural gas. We have oil that we can be taking out of the ground here in America or offshore or in ANWR. It is almost like they want us to live in a hut and they want us to ride bicycles, but they themselves get to live this other lifestyle. I mean, if it wasn't to hypocritical it would be funny.

ELDER: And don't forget nuclear. You never hear them talk about nuclear which does not even pollute. But they don't want to even deal with that.

HANNITY: And Hillary gave away 20 percent of our uranium to Vladimir.

ELDER: That's right. So I'm really happy about what Donald Trump has done. This hysteria is partly because the left believes that climate change is religion, but part of it is they absolutely despise Donald Trump. If Obama gave the same speech that Trump did, outlined the cost-benefits analysis, did not feel that spending $3 trillion would be worth losing millions of jobs, I submit to you that a lot people right now on the left would be going, hmm, never thought about that. Maybe we ought to rethink our assumption. But because it's Trump it doesn't matter.

HANNITY: I love that China and India get a 10-year exemption, and meanwhile 3 million Americans would lose their jobs and we would pay an inordinate amount of this, quote, "carbon tax." All right, Larry, good to see you. Thank you.

ELDER: And up next on this busy breaking Friday news night on "Hannity."

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hillary Clinton re-litigating the election results. Donald Trump again still calling her crooked. And the American public stuck in the middle of it and sick of all of it. Clinton's latest public appearance came with another round of who's to blame?

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HANNITY: You know those members of the liberal press that colluded with Hillary Clinton are now turning on her. Wow. We'll get reaction next with Dr. Gina Loudon, Corey Lewandowski. And also tonight, part two of my interview with the vice president, Mike Pence. Can the agenda get past an environment where they are trying to destroy the president every day? That's straight ahead.

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HANNITY: Welcome back to "Hannity." So Hillary Clinton continues to push bizarre conspiracy theories about why she lost the election, and now it seems some members of the destroy-Trump media have also had it with Clinton's blame game. After they colluded with her? Anyway, take a look.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hillary Clinton re-litigating the election results. Donald Trump again still calling her crooked. And the American public stuck in the middle of it and sick of all of it. Clinton's latest public appearance came with another round of who's to blame?

HILLARY CLINTON, D-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Comey was more than happy to talk about my emails but he wouldn't talk about the investigation of the Russians.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What do we make of this? Besides the fact that the 2016 campaign apparently will never end.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She is drawing a conspiracy theory. She doesn't have the evidence, but she is obviously hoping that this is what Robert Mueller and what the congressional committees can do. She's also not blaming herself.

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HANNITY: Joining us now with reaction, psychology expert, radio talk show host Dr. Gina Loudon, and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Let's first, Dr. Loudon, put on the side of the screen the entire list. I mean, she blames anything and everything but herself. I guess I have to rely on you analyzing somebody who cannot accept reality.

DR. GINA LOUDON, PSYCHOLOGY EXPERT AND RADIO HOST: She is like central casting, Sean, for an elitist narcissist. If anybody is looking for an actress, she could certainly use another career. But it's just like Donald Trump Jr. tweeted, Sean. Nobody should be surprised here. This is the same person who took no blame for Benghazi, who took no blame for an illegal server. I can't believe that we would for a moment have expected her to give a big mea culpa for her miserable performance in an election.

HANNITY: Yes. Let me play the top eight and, Corey, and then Dr. Loudon, we'll get your reaction. These are like our top eight excuses. Watch this.

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CLINTON: Comey was more than happy to talk about my emails, but he wouldn't talk about the investigation of the Russians.

You had Citizens United come to full fruition.

If you look at Facebook, the vast majority of the news items that were posted were fake.

They were connected to, as we now know, the 1,000 Russian agents who were involved in delivering those messages.

They were connected to the bots that are just out-of-control.

I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What do you mean nothing?

CLINTON: I mean it was bankrupt. It was on the verge of insolvency. Its data was mediocre to poor.

The Russians ran an extensive information war campaign against my campaign to influence voters in the election.

I certainly have never said I ran perfect campaigns, but I don't know who is or did. And at some point, it sort of bleeds over into misogyny.

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HANNITY: Corey, could it just be she was a horrible candidate with a horrible message that didn't have any warmth and that the American people saw was a chronic liar. Could that possibly be the real reason?

COREY LEWANDOWSKI, FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER: Sean, it's very simple. She doesn't know how to find Wisconsin on a map. She couldn't find Ohio on a map. She couldn't go to Pennsylvania. She didn't go to Iowa. She hasn't been to Michigan. She lost North Carolina. She lost in Florida.

Look, this is very simple. She's bad at geography. She doesn't know how to campaign. She wants to continue to campaign and raise money in California and Massachusetts and Vermont. Good for her. That's not how you win an election. She can blame everybody she wants. The bottom line is her friend, her president, Barack Obama, oversaw the Democratic National Committee for eight years, raised enormous amounts of money. She inherited what was supposed to be an amazing operation.

Just think back four years ago. They blamed the Orca program which was Mitt Romney's data program as a complete failure. Hillary Clinton, she received every single luxury that an incumbent would have had in a reelection effort, and she still lost.

HANNITY: All right, I've got a question of a personal nature for you, Corey. I keep reading you might be going into the White House. Any truth to that?

LEWANDOWSKI: You know, Sean, I have said many, many times I want to help the president move his agenda forward, and what that looks like is either doing it from the outside or the inside.

HANNITY: I've know you for a long time. That is such a dodge.

LEWANDOWSKI: Look, that's what I do. Gina, tell him, that's what I do, Gina.

HANNITY: Gina, can you answer the question for him, please? Look, we're all friends. I understand you can't talk about it.

LOUDON: I think that all of America will celebrate if Corey is part of that team, I can tell you that much. We loved the things Corey did when he was there, and I certainly think that the president can always benefit from Corey.

But here's the thing, that dodging right there, that's what Hillary is masterful at, and these are the symptoms of a narcissist. Everybody knows it is impossible to actually diagnose someone -- speaking of Hillary, not Corey, of course -- everyone know it's impossible to diagnoses someone without seeing them clinically, Sean. But this is the same person who called her own party easily manipulated and stupid. And this is a sign of a narcissist and they tend to blame externally those closest to them. Would you treat the DNC this way if they had rigged a primary for you like the DNC rigged a primary for her?

HANNITY: Everything with her is backwards. Guys, I appreciate it. And Corey, you did a really job. I remember when it was you, Hope Hicks, and the president for a long time, and you guys were traveling all over the place.

LEWANDOWSKI: And we won, Sean, and we won.

HANNITY: And you won, absolutely. Thank God she didn't.

Coming up, when we come back, part two of my interview with Vice President Mike Pence. He's going to explain how is the president going to get his agenda passed with all of the Russia, Russia, Russia noise coming from the left? That's straight ahead.

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HANNITY: Welcome back to "Hannity." So yesterday after President Trump announced that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, I was joined right here on the program by Vice President Mike Pence. Now part two of our interview, we talked about all these left wing attack on the president and his family and Russia, Russia, Russia. Take a look.

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HANNITY: I want to ask you, because this is interesting. I think we live in unprecedented times. I have chronicled on this program every vicious, vile, hateful thing, you know, culminating this week with what Kathy Griffin did. But the attacks against the first lady, the president's 11- year-old son, and even when he was 10-years-old, but having to see that this week, the attacks against Ivanka, the things that have been said against her, everybody that works for the president. We've never seen anything like -- Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia, twenty-four-seven cable news now. And yet we're told there's no evidence at all of any collusion. What is your reaction to this? And does it get in the way of the ability of the president to do the job he was elected to do?

MIKE PENCE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Well, I'll answer the last part of the question first, is it absolutely doesn't get in the way. President Trump is one of the most resilient and determined people I've ever met in my life. I mean, he literally gets up every day facing a gale force wind of negative coverage in the mainstream press. And he just rolls his sleeves up and goes to work for the American people.

I think the decision on the Paris Climate Agreement, the progress we've made rolling back an avalanche of regulation from the last administration, progress we're making to repeal and replace ObamaCare, the way he's reengaged the world to have our allies begin to live up to their commitments in our common security, all give evidence of the fact that while his detractors in the media will continue to come straight at this administration every single day, the president's focus, I can assure you, is on the American people, on their future, on their challenges, on their opportunities. And that's where it's going to stay.

HANNITY: You know, I want to go back to one thing, because the attacks against his family have been vicious and vile. And it ever happened, I think, during the Obama years, we would have a very different media reaction. But I want to stay on Clapper and Comey and Brennan and Admiral Rogers and even Maxine Waters, Dianne Feinstein, Joe Manchin have all said, even recently, no evidence at all to date Russia collusion. I guess the question is, when you see such breathless coverage every day, you know, I know the president is not shy about battling back against the media. I think that's probably his strongest quality is he fights for what he believes in, but it has got to get tiresome in there at some time.

PENCE: Well, it -- you know, you think that it would. But I want to assure all of your viewers all over the country that in President Donald Trump they've got someone who has the ability to turn his face like Flynn against the wind, and tune out the detractors, and focus on keeping his promises to the American people. I mean, whether it be the attacks on his family, which this week were just deplorable in some instances, and I think, you know, denounced by people across the political spectrum properly, or whether it's just the day-in, day-out drumbeat of the media chasing after whatever Washington, D.C., is talking about, this is a president who knows that this economy has been burdened under the weight of high taxes, regulations that have been stifling --

HANNITY: You've done a great job with that.

PENCE: He's fighting every single day to turn loose the strength of this economy. I spoke at the Naval Academy about a week ago, Sean, and was able to tell them that you now have a commander-in-chief who is fighting to rebuild our military, restore the arsenal of democracy. They have a commander-in-chief who will have their back and be the best friend our armed forces have ever had. And the ovation that I got from the crowd and from all those midshipmen was overwhelming.

HANNITY: I'm sure --

PENCE: They know it. Our armed forces know it. Our law enforcement know it. The American people know it. President Donald Trump is fighting for them every day, and he's going to keep doing that for the next seven-and-a- half years.

HANNITY: I guess as a conservative that wants his agenda passed, because I support the agenda, I'm looking at the legislative calendar. And by the way, I know you used to be in Congress. Congress takes so many days off, it's unfathomable to me. That's my own personal -- I don't live my life that way.

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But my point is there's only 30-some-odd days on the legislative calendar. And you've got to finish with health care in the Senate, and in conference, and get it to the president's desk. You've got to get his economic plan, I would argue, this year. I know he has taken the regulatory steps towards energy independence. I think that's key. And I think that by the end of this year Americans are going to want to see part of that wall built. He succeeded with Neil Gorsuch. Is there -- do you see all that happening by the end of the year, or are you concerned like I'm concerned that Congress is moving way too slow?

PENCE: Well, I'm cautiously optimistic because we're seeing steady progress in the United States Senate. Republican members in the Senate are working very diligently. I was in meetings over the last several weeks as the session came to a close before the Memorial Day break. And I see the sides moving closer to coming together with a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

I'll also tell you in House of Representatives, Sean, there's very detailed discussions on what could well be one of the largest tax cuts in American history. We're also looking at rolling back the onerous burden that Dodd- Frank placed on community banks around the country, drying up capital for small businesses to be able to grow.

And the president's committed to an infrastructure bill. His number is $1 trillion to rebuild America's infrastructure so it will be the best in the world. What I see up close and personal, and, you know, I'm on Capitol Hill a lot, is that members of the Republican majority in the House and Senate are working very diligently with --

HANNITY: I hope so.

PENCE: -- this president to move the agenda forward.

But there's a lot of work yet to be done. And as you said, there's a limited time to do it. But I'm cautiously optimistic that come the end of this year we're going to deliver on repealing and replacing ObamaCare. We're going to pass tax cuts, and you're going to see an economy roaring and continue to grow under a president who is fighting every day for the forgotten men and women of America.

HANNITY: Well, I always call this the "forgotten man election." And for those people that --

PENCE: You did.

HANNITY: -- that the millions in poverty, on food stamps, and out of the labor force, and the lowest home ownership rate in 51 years, the agenda is important for them. And I wish you all our best in getting that done. Mr. Vice President, always good to see you, sir.

PENCE: Thank you, Sean. Great to be with you.

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HANNITY: When we come back, we need your help, a very important "Question of the Day." Hint, it's about Kathy Griffin. That's straight ahead.

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HANNITY: All right, time for our "Question of the Day." So what did you think about Kathy Griffin's press conference? I thought it was a disaster. And if it wasn't so obscene it would be funny. And playing the victim? Go to Facebook.com/SeanHannity, @SeanHannity on Twitter, let us know what you think.

By the way, don't forget, keep calling the HANNITY hotline. If you have something you want to say, it can be mean, you can be as mean as you want or as nice as you want, 877-225-8587. Well get back to that next week.

All right, that's all the time we have left this evening. Now, if you're in the liberal media, I may be back here Monday if Fox lets me. Have a great weekend.

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