Fox News host Sean Hannity was taking orders from the White House even as he ranted about the ‘crazy people’ supporting then-President Donald Trump, according to new details in a trove of text messages revealed by CNN .
Hannity and then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows exchanged 82 texts from Election Day 2020 until Joe Biden’s inauguration as president, CNN reported.
The messages were among 2,319 texts Meadows provided last December to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising on the U.S. Capitol.
In some instances, the texts reveal that Hannity functioned as a kind of shadow chief of staff and gave advice to Meadows in the aftermath of the 2020 election. But Meadows also gave Hannity specific orders to help the Trump administration, turning Fox News into a kind of state media.
On Election Day, Meadows wrote to Hannity in a text: “Emphasize that every vote counts. Get out and vote. On the radio.
“Yes sir,” Hannity replied. “Above. Any place in particular where we need help?”
“Pennsylvania. NC AZ, Nevada,” Meadows explained.
“I got it,” Hannity texted.
In another telling text, Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo texted Meadows with a warning about questions she planned to ask Trump on air in late November 2020, a practice frowned upon by reporters. . She indicated that she would provide a platform for Trump’s lies about the election and pleaded with Meadows: “Please make sure he doesn’t go off on tangents. We want to know that he is strong, he is a fighter and he is going to win.
In mid-December 2020, Hannity urged Meadows to continue joining forces. “You must also spend at least half of your time doing business with us,” he texted Meadows.
“I agree. We can put together a strong team,” Meadows replied.
Meadows and Hannity also worked in tandem to help spin Trump’s fake story of a rigged election.
But Hannity’s enthusiasm seemed to wane on Dec. 22, when he began bashing Trump-supporting “crazy people.”
“You fight is good,” he texted Meadows. “Crazy lunatics are NOT okay. They are NOT helping him. I’m sick of these people.
Meadows and Fox News did not comment on CNN’s report on the texts.
But earlier this week, Hannity defended taking over Meadows and de facto campaigning for Trump in 2020.
“Sean Hannity wanted Donald Trump to win. There’s ― there’s a CNN alert for you. What a shock,” Hannity said on his radio show.
Read the Hannity and Meadows texts here.