Just one problem: Booker hadn’t been silent.
Hours before Hannity’s show aired, Booker addressed the allegations on CNN:
Fairfax is next in line for governor of Virginia at a time when the current governor, Ralph Northam, is facing growing calls to resign over a racist image in his medical school yearbook. However, the allegations against Fairfax have led to calls for his resignation as well.
He has denied the allegations.
Hannity issued an “update” at the end of his show, but delivered it while referring to Booker by the mocking nickname of “Spartacus.”
Hannity and others on the right have used “Spartacus” as a derisive nickname for Booker since an incident during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Booker seemingly defied rules by releasing confidential documents.
“This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” he said at the time.
As it turned out, the documents had already been cleared for release.