Sean Hannity Begins Trashing Joe Biden on Day One of His Presidency

Fox News host Sean Hannity criticized President Joe Biden on Wednesday in the hours after the 46th U.S. president took the oath of office. Biden's first full day in office is Thursday.

Hannity offered a scathing review of the president's speech, where Biden called for unity, and accused the new administration of minimizing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

He also took aim at other media outlets for their coverage of Biden's inauguration and claimed they would go easier on Biden than they did on former President Donald Trump.

"They're minimizing, I noticed, on getting COVID under control," Hannity said on his radio show on Wednesday.

"'It's going to take a lot of time, a lot of time. Our team is eager.' I thought he was going to do this on day one. 'We're eager though to get the agencies and into the White House to gain a better assessment about where things really stand on managing the pandemic.' Trump left you multiple vaccines. You're in much better shape."

More than 400,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. Biden warned in his speech that the nation could be heading into "the toughest and deadliest period of the virus."

Biden signed 15 executive orders on his first day in office covering a range of topics, including tackling the pandemic and rejoining the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Paris climate agreement. He is expected to sign further executive orders on Thursday. Democrats have called on him to invoke the Defense Production Act to help with the fight against COVID-19.

On the same radio show, Hannity spoke to former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who said Biden was "a guy who's like Pontius Pilate. Just washes his hands and stays quiet. I think that is what he is going to do."

"I think that is a pretty good prediction and observation," Hannity replied.

Here we go

— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 20, 2021

Hannity used his Fox News show to offer harsh criticism of Biden's inaugural address and call Democrats "radicals." He also revisited some conservative complaints of the last four years.

"Joe predictably meandered his way through a truly unremarkable, totally forgettable, prerehearsed set of remarks," Hannity said. "The rest of the media mob were flat out lying to the American people, as usual. This was not in any way, shape, or form a memorable speech."

"After four years of outright lying, conspiracy theories, witch hunts, one hoax after the other, vitriol, nonstop hysteria, two impeachments, including one that is still unconstitutionally ongoing, Biden's hollow calls for unity ... [are] total and complete B.S."

Hannity accused Democrats of "vitriol" and once again referred to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation as a "hoax." He suggested ways Biden could seek unity.

"For example, he could've stopped comparing Republicans to Nazis, like he did a week ago," Hannity said. "He could ask his colleagues to stop referring to 75 million peace-loving Trump supporters as domestic terrorists that support insurrection when they absolutely do not. He could call for an end to the unconstitutional post-presidential impeachment charade. He could also apologize for the Russia hoax and all those lies and the Ukrainian impeachment."

He went on to say most of the media would now take "a four-year-long vacation" now that Biden was in office.

"The hard-hitting questions will be gone," Hannity said. "The combative press conferences over. That will be a thing of the past."

Sean Hannity Autographs a Trump Hat
Fox News Channel and radio talk show host Sean Hannity autographs a Trump hat for an attendee before a Donald Trump campaign rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hannity offered strong criticism of President Joe Biden's inaugural address. Ethan Miller/Getty Images