President Donald Trump reportedly loves making fun of Sean Hannity and his softball interviews of the president according to a new exposé from The Daily Beast.
Three anonymous sources close to Trump and Hannity told Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Cartwright that Hannity’s “slobbering” quashes Trump’s innate desire to feed off chaos and controversy.
One source recalled Trump once saying of Hannity that “it’s like he’s not even trying” while mocking Hannity’s questions, which typically revolve around how “great I am.”
Eventually, Trump turns on everyone. Even his most loyal towel boys like Hannity. https://t.co/ITh4EzdCuY
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) November 15, 2018
Another person said Trump refers to Hannity’s questions as “dumb” and even began to pity the Fox News host, with whom Trump is purportedly very close. This culminated leading up to the midterms as Hannity attempted to analyze the shellacking Republicans received last Tuesday in his most recent interview with the president.
Hannity is not a towel boy……… he’s no more than a catch cloth.
— Robert Clift (@CliftRobbie) November 15, 2018
“Election Day , I actually called you,” Hannity said to Trump. “I said, ‘You’re gonna get bad news about… 5:15 that afternoon. You lost Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.’ And you won ’em all. Polls don’t mean anything, do they?”
“I lost them based on the fake news,” Trump replied. Hannity parroted the same as if it were gospel: “Fake news.”
Trump is an a**hole…he is not a good person….he is not a good businessman…he is not good husband….he is not good.
— dom pepe (@domskis69) November 15, 2018
One Republican operative close to Trump said of the president’s constant bickering with reporters: “He likes it as a sport.”
Trump would turn on his own children.
— Elizabeth R. (@JackRottie) November 15, 2018
Trump’s recent spat with CNN’s Jim Acosta, whose press credentials Trump spontaneously revoked and for which the administration is being sued, is a perfect example of how Trump feeds off confrontation.
@lauferlaw He’s mad b/c Hannity didn’t stop Fox from supporting Acosta suit.
— SFD (@SusanDeMaris) November 15, 2018
“[Trump] does enjoy the back-and-forth with the press—look at this whole Jim Acosta thing,” said conservative commentator and Trump loyalist Jeff Lord. “The president can call on anybody he wants. He could have ignored Jim Acosta. He didn’t do it. And he didn’t do it because… they would have some chance to do some verbal jousting there.”
“Donald Trump delights in the combat with these folks,” Lord said, noting that when Trump was a presidential candidate, he promised to “fight back” against the “dishonest media.”
Despite the mockery, The Daily Beast found, Trump still “loves Sean,” often citing him to White House staffers as someone who understands conservative America – which is Trump’s political base.
Once trumps are out of power it will be interesting to watch everyone turn against them, and I do mean everyone globally. I anticipate bankruptcy will come quickly as well. They will be pariahs. In turn trumps will turn on their supporters. You can bet trump will continue to con.
— David Greenfield (@dcgreenfield) November 15, 2018
The special relationship between Trump and Hannity was highlighted in May when New York Magazine revealed that the two men speak on the phone, in private, nearly every night.