Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Sean Hannity campaigns for Trump after saying he wouldn't

Sean Hannity campaigns for Trump after saying he wouldn't

Fox News says Sean Hannity's on-stage appearance at last night's Donald Trump rally was "an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed".

Ironically, Hannity had promised on Monday morning that he would only be interviewing Trump at the Missouri rally, writing, "I will not be on stage campaigning with the President".

"But it's closing with elite pundits [like Nate Silver] now hedging on whether Democrats will even take the House as Republicans are poised to perhaps increase their majority in the Senate".

Hannity in 2016 appeared in a promotional video for the Trump campaign, but Fox News at the time issued a statement saying that executives had not been aware of it, noting he would not appear in any more through the remainder of the election. "This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed".

But in my worst fears about what that would look like and how it might affect our democracy, I never thought I would see what I did Monday night on Fox News, starting with the propaganda performance of Sean Hannity.

Hannity had been billed by the Trump campaign as a "special guest" at his final rally last night.

He also denied that he had referred to any of his Fox colleagues as "fake news" in a second tweet.

Hannity was not the only member of the right-wing media who joined Trump at the rally. "It's risky for democracy and a threat to a free press".

Hannity cleared the air on Tuesday after appearing alongside the president when he initially said he would not.

Hannity has been rebuked by Fox in the past.

The election served as a referendum of sorts on Trump's racially charged appeals and the strength of the coalition that powered him to the White House - a group he will need again in just two years. He explained that he was hosting his show live from the event and would interview Trump. Following Hannity's brief remarks, Trump introduced Jeanine Pirro. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications.

Resigned to the loss of one-party control over Washington in Tuesday's elections, President Donald Trump stared down the prospect of endless House investigations, stymied policy efforts and fresh questions about the resilience of his unorthodox political coalition. It announced on Sunday that Hannity was to be a guest, along with radio commentator Rush Limbaugh and singer Lee Greenwood.

Michael Glassner, chief operating officer for the campaign, was quoted in Sunday's news release.

Hannity tweeted earlier Monday that he would not share the stage with Trump, despite reports that he would.

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