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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. — Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro joined President Trump on stage at his final campaign rally of the midterms, singing the president’s praises and urging attendees to vote Republican.
“I have a few people that are right out here, and they’re very special,” Trump said, teasing their appearances. “They’ve done an incredible job for us. They’ve been with us from the beginning, also.”
Trump, who has a well-known penchant for Fox News programming, proceeded to call Hannity on stage, even though the Fox News host tweeted earlier in the day that he “will not be on stage campaigning with the President.”
While Hannity and Pirro are vocal Trump supporters and frequently speak to him, it’s unusual for cable news anchors to give candidate-style speeches at campaign rallies.
On stage, Hannity promptly decried the press in attendance as “fake news,” and echoed the president’s mantra of “promises made, promises kept.”
Shortly before taking the stage, Trump spoke with Hannity during his 9 p.m. show. The two men talked about Trump’s campaign efforts, and commiserated over the country’s immigration laws.
Hannity lamented that Trump missed his opening monologue while he was traveling, but the president reassured him that was not the case.
“I saw it on the plane,” Trump said. “I never miss your opening monologue. I would never do that.”
As Trump took the stage, Hannity high-fived White House communications director and former Fox News executive Bill Shine, who was observing the event from the wings of the arena.
Trump also called on his “friend,” Pirro, to take the stage, introducing her as “Justice Jeanine.”
“If you like the American that [Trump] is making now, you’ve got to make sure you get out there tomorrow if you haven’t voted yet,” Pirro, host of “Justice with Jeanine,” implored the crowd.
In case there was any doubt that Fox News was the propaganda arm of the Trump administration, Hannity and Pirro removed it.
". . . those who claim to know the Mind of God, who will tell you what God thinks and how He will judge and condemn others—those people are the greatest of all blasphemers." Aloysius Xingu Leng Pendergast
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