Trump calls Fox’s Hannity onstage at campaign rally

Aaron Brown
November 9, 2018

When the POTUS invited me on stage to give a few remarks last night, I was surprised, yet honored by the president's request. "This was NOT planned".

Hannity also mimicked one of the lines that Trump frequently delivers at rallies: He pointed toward the press in the back of the room and called them "fake news".

But the network statement issued yesterday did not explain how it was addressed.

Fox News primetime host Sean Hannity defended his controversial decision to campaign on stage with President Donald Trump at a Missouri rally on the eve of the midterm elections.

Trump, who had appeared live on Hannity's show during a backstage conversation just moments before, summoned the Fox News host to the stage, and he obliged.

The Trump campaign advertised Hannity as a "special guest" prior to the rally, but on Monday morning, Hannity said he wouldn't campaign with Trump on stage and that he was simply covering the event as a journalist.

Since then, Fox opinion personalities have doubled down on their support of Trump.

News organizations are not supposed to endorse candidates, and while Fox is generally considered a right-wing news organization, it always strived to be perceived as more news organization than right-wing.

Mr Trump and vice-president Mike Pence campaigned for Mr Kemp while former president Barack Obama and talk show host Oprah Winfrey were among those to join Ms Adams on the campaign trail.

On Tuesday, Hannity was back on Twitter denying that his onstage appearance in any way contradicted his earlier statement that he would not be onstage - because it was unplanned.

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Another employee said that Hannity's behavior, both Monday night and generally, "continues to make the task of the news side all that much harder".

"I never miss your opening monologue", he said.

Despite Fox's disavowal, the Trump campaign continued to list Hannity as a guest throughout Monday at the link where people could seek tickets to the event.

Trump dissected the elections in a combative White House news conference that stretched to almost 90 minutes as he put a defiantly glossy sheen on the mixed midterm results and stressed his party's victories in the Senate. "They've been with us from the beginning". Hannity hugged Trump and, after lobbing his crowd-pleasing insult at the media, recited economic statistics. Another Fox News personality, Jeanine Pirro, also appeared onstage with the president.

Monday's rally appearance was not shown on Fox News Channel, but was aired on C-SPAN.

The president's post-election readout showed his determination to put a positive spin on midterms that will bring an end to GOP control of Congress and open him to Democratic-led investigations in the House.

"Fox's admitted lack of control is only reinforced by the absence of sanction here", Carusone said. Fox has not addressed the question publicly. "But Sean Hannity can't help himself", said Camerota on "New Day" on Tuesday.

Hannity and Pirro praised Trump - an avid supporter of Fox News - and encouraged the crowd to vote Republican on Tuesday.

"It disturbs me to my core", said another senior Fox News employee, who added, "I am so f-ing mad".

It happened nearly immediately after Trump took the stage in Missouri following an introduction from conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who had warmed the crowd up.

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