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Fox News host Sean Hannity labeled the press as “fake news” after President Donald Trump called him up to the mic at his Missouri rally on Monday night.
“We like Lee Greenwood and he has been with us from the beginning. He has been with us absolutely from the beginning. While we are talking about incredible people, let’s get it over with, right?” Trump said.
“So I have a few people that are right out here and they’re very special, they’ve done an incredible job for us, they’ve been with us from the beginning also. I’m going to start saying Sean Hannity, come on up, Sean Hannity.”
“By the way, all those people in the back are fake news,” Hannity stated.
U.S. President Donald Trump listens as Sean Hannity from Fox News speaks at a campaign rally on the eve of the U.S. mid-term elections at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, U.S., November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
“Mr. President, I did an opening monologue today and I had no idea you were going to invite me up here,” he continued.
“The one thing that has made and defined your presidency more than anything else, promises made, promises kept, four and a half million new American jobs, 4.3 million Americans off food stamps, 4 million Americans out of poverty, and we are not dropping cash loads — cargo planes of cash to Iranians that chant ‘death to America.’ Mr. President, thank you.”
Hannity was called up by the president despite having tweeted earlier in the day that he was not going to talk during the rally but would be interviewing Trump before it. Fox News also said the same thing.
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
The president also brought Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro onto the stage later in the rally.
The eleventh-hour Missouri rally was meant to give one final push to Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley, who hopes to upset Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill in the Senate. They are in a hotly contested race that is viewed as one of the seats most likely to flip.
This was Trump’s last rally before the midterm elections on Tuesday.