Sean Hannity calls Adam Toledo '13-year-old man', Internet asks why Kyle Rittenhouse was called 'little boy'

"You've got a little boy out there trying to protect his community," Pam Bondi had said on Hannity's show about shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time.

                            Sean Hannity calls Adam Toledo '13-year-old man', Internet asks why Kyle Rittenhouse was called 'little boy'
Twitter users are comparing Adam Toledo with Kyle Rittenhouse, here's why (Antioch Police Department)

The shooting of Adam Toledo had shaken the nation. The loss of yet another life at the hands of the police and flawed split-second decisions has not only saddened many but angered many more. And with the release of the bodycam footage, many people on social media are expressing how Toledo was barely given any time before being shot. What's worse, social media users say, is that he even complied with the police asking him to raise his hands.

As Adam Toledo's death is discussed online, many are criticising Fox News host Sean Hannity for referring to the young teen as a "13-year-old man". 


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Adam Toledo with his mother Elizabeth Toledo (GoFundMe)

Speaking on the latest episode of his radio show, Hannity said, just ahead of the release of the bodycam footage, "We are awaiting the release this hour of Chicago Police bodycam footage that captured the fatal police shooting of a young 13-year-old man by the name of Adam Toledo. And if social media is any indication, there’s a lot of chatter today about possible unrest. I hope it doesn’t happen but with Chicago’s track record, every weekend - you know, I guess, you’d have to go with the odds, considering there are dozens and dozens of shootings and killings every weekend in Chicago - that this might not be particularly good."

It didn't take long for Hannity's remarks to throw people off the wrong way. George Takei tweeted, "Mr. Hannity: Adam Toledo was not a “13-year old man.” He was a child. You make me ill." Another user asked him, "Dear Sean Hannity, On what FCKN planet is a 13 year old considered a man ?" Another user tweeted, "Not to mention Sean Hannity called him a "13-year-old man" as a half-hearted attempt to justify shooting a literal child."






Comparisons to Kyle Rittenhouse 

Hannity had outraged many with his comments. And it took social media users little time to rehash the past - a time when Fox News' Pam Bondi called Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse "a little boy out there trying to protect his community". 

Volunteers clean graffiti from a high school near the Kenosha County Courthouse following another night of unrest on August 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rioting as well as clashes between police and protesters began Sunday night after a police officer shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, seven times in the back in front of his three children. (Getty Images)

A user tweeted sharing the video of Bondi saying the statement, "As we're all reacting to Sean Hannity describing Adam Toledo as a "13 year old man", flashback to how Pam Bondi described then-17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two people, on Hannity's show: "You've got a little boy out there trying to protect his community..."


A user tweeted, "Fox Propaganda is referring to Adam Toledo as a 13 year old man, but they all called terrorist Kyle Rittenhouse a young boy after crossing state lines and murdering two people with an AR-15. See the difference?"

"In the world of @seanhannity Adam Toledo, unarmed, was a “thirteen year-old man” but 17 year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, wielding an AR-15, is just a boy," another user pointed out the difference in their narratives. Another user tweeted, "It's an unjust world that allows a murderer like Kyle Rittenhouse out on bail after killing 2 people while 13-year old, unarmed Adam Toledo never had a chance."



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