Hannity claimed during during his little speech that he didn’t know the president was going to invite him on the stage. “The one thing that has made and defined your presidency more than anything else: promises made, promises kept,” Hannity said, quoting some “highlights” from the Trump presidency about jobs and the number of Americans out of poverty. “Mr. President, Thank you.” Can you imagine the response from Fox News hosts and commentators if, for example, Don Lemon appeared onstage at an Andrew Gillum rally, or a Stacey Abrams rally? He also wasn’t the only Fox News show host that made an appearance at the rally. Trump also introduced Jeanine Pirro, introducnig her as someone who “treats us very well,” whatever that means, and calling her opening monologues “always brilliant.” The dynamic duo apparently spent the night broadcasting from the rally, and then Hannity spoke with Trump backstage, while Bill Shine gave him a high five, according to the report. Let’s just say journalists (and everyone else) weren’t very impressed by Hannity’s behavior or presence on stage.
VIDEO: Hannity and Fox say commentator won't appear with Trump, then he does just that. "By the way, all those people in the back are fake news," Hannity told the audience. https://t.co/UlhXxMzhsN— The Associated Press (@AP) November 6, 2018
Sean Hannity just took the stage next to Trump in Cape Girardeau. Earlier today he released this statement: "To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the President."— Allie Malloy (@AlliemalCNN) November 6, 2018
And then he called the actual reporters in the back "fake news".
Sean Hannity is now on stage at the Trump rally repeating Trump's midterm campaign slogan, "Promises made, promises kept."— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 6, 2018
Hannity, earlier today: "To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the President." pic.twitter.com/lP2GYubdoK
Ah well, we wait to see what happens next. Fox News currently had no immediate comment following the rally, however when Hannity appeared in a 2016 Trump ad they did insist that the network “had no knowledge” that he was a part of the ad, and said that he would “not be doing anything along these lines for the remainder of the election.” Whether or not Fox will offer another rebuke or if they think campaign ads are different from rallies is yet to be seen.