Sean Hannity backtracks after ‘surprise’ appearance at Trump rally
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- On Nov. 5, 2018, when the Trump campaign released announcement billing Hannity as a “special guest” at a rally in Missouri, Hannity tweeted this:
In spite of reports, I will be doing a live show from Cape Girardeau and interviewing President Trump before the rally. To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the President. I am covering final rally for my show. Something I have done in every election in the past.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 5, 2018
- As it turned out, however, Hannity did end up going on stage at the rally.
- However, now Hannity is backtracking with the explanation that the “request” was “NOT planned” and that he was “surprised” by it.
What I said in my tweet yesterday was 100% truthful. 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.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 6, 2018
- Hannity did not explain, however, why he was listed as a planned guest in press materials issued by Trump and on the campaign’s website.
- Fox News has issued a weak response to the incident.
- At the top of his brief comments at the rally, Hannity also sparked controversy by referring to the media in the “back” as “fake news” — something he later backtracked on too.