WATCH: Humorless Hannity Rages Over Olive Garden Joke Tweet
Sean Hannity is known for many things. Being able to take a joke, especially when it’s on him, isn’t one them.
Friday night the Fox News host dedicated an entire segment of his disinformation show to assuring viewers that it was “fake news” that the Olive Garden restaurant chain really hadn’t revoked his “lifetime pasta pass.” The segment started with Hannity criticizing CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s reporting on the Trump domestic terrorist rioting at the U.S. Capitol, but he quickly made a hairpin turn to the Olive Garden situation. It was equal parts rant and commercial.
A tweet, complete with an official-looking logo, had made the rounds that the casual dining Italian restaurant chain was cooperating with law enforcement to track down diners who had participated in the riot. “It has come to our attention that a few of our guests had taken part in a viscous [sic] attack on our nation’s Capitol,” the message said. “In response, Olive Garden has invalidated our Never Ending Pasta Pass for several guests and revoked a Lifetime Pasta Pass from Sean Hannity.”
None of it was true, of course. Hannity knew it was false but used it as an opportunity to complain about what he said is a Twitter double standard: the social media platform suspended Donald Trump for inciting violence against the government and spreading false information about election results, yet it allowed the equally false and “menacing” Olive Garden tweet to remain on the site.
Olive Garden has not commented.
You can learn exactly what the Fox host loves so much about Olive Garden by watching the clip below.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 9, 2021