US President Donald Trump spoke to Fox News host Sean Hannity on ‘Hannity’ in an exclusive interview during a Town Hall on Thursday, June 25, covering various topics such as the coronavirus pandemic, former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s tell-all book, and his reelection campaign. The interview led many social media users to call out both Trump and Hannity over their remarks. Trump mocked the deadly coronavirus and called it “Corona 19,” saying, “Sometimes I jokingly say, or sarcastically say, if we didn’t do tests we would look great,” He added, “There are so many names to this, I could name 19 names like Corona 19.” The POTUS also spoke about Bolton, calling him “crazy” and saying that “all he wants to do is bomb people.” Bolton’s tell-all memoir, ‘The Room Where It Happened’ is extremely critical of Trump and has made headlines over the past week.
However, viewers expressed their exasperation over two other instances during the interview. In one instance, Hannity asked Trump what’s at stake in the 2020 elections and what the latter’s priorities for his second term are. In response, Trump goes on a rambling monologue that touched on neither question, saying, “I always say talent is more important than experience, I always say that.” He continued, “I never did this before, I never slept over in Washington. I was in Washington, I think, 17 times. All of a sudden, I’m president of the United States. You know the story. I’m riding down Pennsylvania Avenue with our first lady, and I say, ‘This is great.’ But I didn’t know very many people in Washington. It wasn’t my thing. I was from Manhattan, from New York.”
“Now I know everybody. And I have great people in the administration. You make some mistakes. Like, you know, an idiot like [John] Bolton, all he wanted to do was drop bombs on everybody. You don’t have to drop bombs on everybody. You don’t have to kill people,” he added. Hannity then moved on to his next question. This prompted many to criticize both the President and Hannity, as one tweeted, “Trump was stumped by Hannity’s softball question about his priorities for a second term. He has none. Zip. Zero. He still doesn’t have a clue! It is terrifying that people will vote for this egomaniacal fool.” Another wrote, “So far, this ‘town hall’ is Hannity reciting Trump talking points and then Trump reciting other Trump talking points.”
A user tweeted, “It’s amazing to see a Fox audience, a Fox audience!, sitting there in fact masks on Fox News watching an unmasked Hannity and Trump. The cognitive dissonance surely must be killing some of these people? Right? At least one or two of them?” In another instance, Trump told Hannity, “You’re an honest journalist.” At this, social media users trolled the President’s statement. A user tweeted, “BREAKING: Individual #1 calls Client #3 ‘an honest journalist.'” Another wrote, “Fox News tests comedy programming for prime time.”
One user tweeted, “Every time Trump goes on Hannity’s show…..Joe Biden’s poll numbers [go] up!…….CAN’T WAY FOR THE NEXT INTERVIEW TRUMPY BEAR! JOE IS LEADING YOU IN TEXAS NOW!” Another asked, “Who is the bigger moron, Trump or Hannity?” A user pointed out, “Sean Hannity is many things but an honest journalist he is not.” Another opined, “Wrong twice. Hannity is not honest & he is not a journalist. But what else would you expect from Trump?”