Fox News host Sean Hannity has been criticized for attending a Trump rally in 2018, but according to a new book he was again involved in Trump’s campaign in 2020, helping to write a broadcast ad during prime time.
Frankly, we won this election: The Inside Story of Trump’s Loss, by Mike Bender, Senior White House reporter for the Wall Street Journal, will be published in August.
News of its content, including “incredibly hilarious revelations” about Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani, Roger Stone, Tucker Carlson, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump “and the rest of the Trump group,” was reported by Punchbowl News.
According to the news site, the ad known to Trump insiders as the “Hannity Ad” and “The One Hannity Wrote” was only shown during the Hannity broadcast.
An anonymous Trump aide reportedly said, ‘Hannity said it was our best place yet,’ but Bender reports, ‘Inside the campaign, the spot was mercilessly mocked – mostly because of the language dramatic and exaggerated and a message that seemed to value quantity over quality.
“Donald Trump himself, in a post-election interview with Bender, did not dispute the fact that Hannah wrote the ad, which called for [Joe] Biden, a “47-year-old swamp creature” who had “done nothing” and who supported a “radical and socialist Green New Deal.” “
Such language attacking Biden’s long career in the Senate and as Barack Obama’s vice president has been used by Trump’s advisers.
In October, for example, Senior Advisor Jason Miller told reporters: “The contrast between a 47-year-old marsh creature in Joe Biden and a businessman for President Trump has been a major theme of this campaign and I m I would expect that to be the case in the elections. day.”
Bender reports that the Trump campaign deemed the Hannity commercial “so unnecessary that it limited it to exactly one show: Hannity … If Trump and Hannity watched the commercial on TV – and were satisfied enough to stop posing questions about the ad – this seemed to be the best result of the ad. The cost of this investment: $ 1.5 million. “
Hannity denied writing the ad, telling Bender, “The world knows Sean Hannity supports Donald Trump. But my involvement specifically in the campaign – no. I wasn’t much involved. Whoever said that is full of crap.
But Hannity is in good shape. In 2016, he was reprimanded by Fox News after endorsing Trump in a campaign video. In 2018, he appeared with Trump at a rally in Missouri – and was reprimanded again.
Ahead of the event, shortly before the November midterm elections, Hannity tweeted: “To be clear, I won’t be on stage campaigning with the President. I cover the final rally for the show. He then presented his show from the location, telling viewers to vote Republican and echoing the party’s slogans.
On stage, Trump congratulated his Fox News allies, saying, “They are very special. They did an incredible job for us. They have been with us from the start.
He then called Hannity to join him. As the Associated Press reports, Hannity “kissed the president … and, after echoing Trump’s traditional epithets in the media, recited some economic statistics.”
Another host, Jeanine Pirro, also appeared on stage.
Amid a storm of criticism, Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog, said Hannah’s behavior was “dangerous to democracy and a threat to a free press.”
Hannity said he was surprised to be invited on stage.
Fox News said it “does not tolerate any talent participating in the events of the campaign … It was an unfortunate distraction and was addressed.”