Hannity’s Cringing “Slobbering” Too Much Even for Trump
Sean Hannity has always been a disingenuous bag of shit. We all know it. He knows it. The only people who swallow his unctuous flattery at face value are the senile Fox viewers, most of whom are so far gone into the “sundowning” that they can no longer tolerate anything more challenging than the bowl of mush they’re served every morning at the Stinky Pinky Retirement Home.
But the last month, he has found a new gear: total ball-washing.
Trump has repeatedly—and sometimes for a sustained period of time—made fun of Hannity’s interviewing skills, usually zeroing in on the low-quality laziness of the host’s questions, the three people with direct knowledge tell The Daily Beast.
“It’s like he’s not even trying,” Trump has said, one source recalled, right before the president launched into a rough imitation of Hannity’s voice and mannerisms to complain that the questions about how “great I am” give him nothing to work or have fun with.
The president’s recurring complaints often focus on how sycophantic the TV host can be, both on and off camera, with Hannity’s slobbering leaving no friction to generate the sparks and drama that Trump craves.
Donald Trump Sr. is, and it’s all such a great romp for Hannity. Considering that the media and various instrumentalities — a special counsel and congressional committees — will be investigating the possibility of Trump campaign collusion with Russia for months and months, scenarios like Tuesday’s are likely to play out again: A Trumpite gets some negative press; the media wants answers; interview requests come piling in; and Hannity ends up with the prize. And as we all know, he has put in the work to get to this place, providing advice to the Trump campaign, participating in an ad for it, helping to pay certain travel costs, forsaking any sense of decency by pumping up a conspiracy about the slaying of DNC aide a year ago and providing nightly, vehement defense for all things Trump.
Such transgressions wouldn’t fly at other news outlets, especially ones with viewerships in the millions. They do, however, at Fox News, where ratings cleanse all sins.