Fox News host Sean Hannity is a big supporter of President Trump, as any casual observer of his many media outlets (cable news, Twitter, radio) is well aware. But it seems the two men are chummy off-air as well. According to a new exposĂ©, Trump and Hannity chat every night, apparently with the f-word featuring prominently in their conversations.
Olivia Nuzzi reported at New York Magazine that Hannity is one of just a handful of pre-approved White House callers â€” essentially, he can phone the president just about any time and be reliably put through to Trump himself. Often, Hannity calls after he wraps up his evening Fox News program, which means he and the president get their gossip on after 10 p.m.
Nuzzi also wrote that Trump and Hannity aren’t at all prim and proper in their banter. The two are “gabbing like old girlfriends,” with the conversation “sprinkled with a staccato f*ck… f*cking… f*cked… f*cker,” according to Nuzzi.
That may come as a surprise for some listeners of Hannity, who know the host as the same man who routinely opens his radio show with a Bible verse â€” “Let not your heart be troubled,” from John chapter 14. It might be less of a surprise to learn Trump throws down the f-word, considering his documented comfort with the term.
Hannity and Trump’s friendship is well-established. During Trump’s 2016 election campaign, Hannity was a dependable defender of the aspiring Republican candidate. But as Mark Abadi outlined for Business Insider, the Hannity-Trump relationship predated the president’s foray into official politics. It was the Sean Hannity show on which Trump often peddled his conspiracy theory that President Obama had not been born in the United States, and was ergo not a legitimate POTUS.
Abadi also pointed out that Hannity’s role as unofficial advice-giver to Trump is also not new. The media personality bragged that he had told Trump not to run as an independent candidate in the 2012 election.
And both during and after his election, Trump has been given plenty of comfy interviews on Fox News in general, Sean Hannity’s show in particular.
More to come…