On Fox News last night, Sean Hannity said he thinks that Adrian Peterson, the NFL player indicted on child injury charges, should not go to jail for hitting his child.
Hannity explained that he was hit by his father as a child, and he turned out just fine.
“I got hit with a strap. Bam, bam, bam. And I have never been to a shrink. I will tell you that I deserved it,” he said.
“I think he went far,” Hannity then said about Peterson. “But I don’t want to see this guy get a felony, I don’t want to see this guy lose his job. He deserves parenting classes.”
Hannity then took off his belt to demonstrate the technique.
He asked the panelists on his show if people should always be arrested if they use a switch, which Peterson allegedly used on his son. He then asked about his own father.
“So my father should have been arrested based on today’s standards?” he asked.
When two panelists said “yes” and “maybe,” Hannity responded, “That’s nuts.”
“He went to far. But don’t put this guy in jail and ruin his career,” Hannity said of Peterson. “I was not mentally bruised because my father hit me with a belt.”
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During a discussion about Peterson on his radio show earlier on Tuesday, Hannity said that his main concern was that the government wants to tell parents how to raise their children.
“This is my problem with liberals, because here’s where my fear goes with all of this: You guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do,” Hannity said Tuesday on his radio show. “For example, is it going to become illegal if a parent teaches the politically correct view that being gay is not normal?”
“I think we’ve gotten to the point where if we don’t politically correct our kids, we might as well just hand our kids over to the government the day they’re born and let them raise them,” he continued, adding that he was also concerned about kids getting birth control at school without the consent of their parents.
During the discussion, Hannity acknowledged that he believes Adrian Peterson “went too far” in disciplining his child, but said that government control over parenting was his “bigger concern.”
“But my problem here is: Do parents have the right to instill their values in their children?” he said.