Fox News Calls Sean Hannity Campaign Appearance ‘Unfortunate Distraction’

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CNN's Alisyn Camerota went off about Fox News' role in the midterm elections, claiming it's having a "schizophrenic moment" after host Sean Hannity joined President Donald Trump onstage at a campaign rally in Missouri on Monday night.

As race calls stream in from the Fox News Decision Desk, viewers will see live updates on the projections for the balance of power in Congress.

Ironically, Hannity had promised on Monday morning that he would only be interviewing Trump at the Missouri rally, writing, "I will not be on stage campaigning with the President".

Hannity also mimicked one of the lines that Trump frequently delivers at rallies: He pointed toward the press in the back of the room and called them "fake news".

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In his original Tweet, Hannity had echoed the sentiments of his employer, saying that he would only be broadcasting his normal show from the rally. And the one thing that has made and defined your presidency more than anything else: "Promises made, promises kept", Hannity continued.

Trump headlined Sunday rallies in Macon, Georgia, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, supporting Republican Brian Kemp, who is running for Georgia governor, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is seeking an open Senate seat in Tennessee.

"I have a few people, and they're right out here, and they're very special, they've done an incredible job for us", Trump told the crowd. Another Fox News host, Jeanine Pirro, also appeared onstage with the president.

"It disturbs me to my core", another Fox News staffer agreed.

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National Security Adviser John Bolton, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, and current White House Communications Director Bill Shine all had careers at Fox News before joining the administration.

"If the radical Democrats take power, they will take a wrecking ball to our economy and to the future of our country", Trump said, prompting boos from the crowd.

One Fox News employee described to CNN Business the scene at the NY headquarters of Fox News at the time, as a number of journalists inside the company's news division watched the episode unfold live.

Trump will tweet about Fox News personalities and segments and is known to frequently talk to Hannity on the phone about his show's monologue.

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Hannity took the stage and embraced Trump. "Anyone doing business with Fox News should worry about the network's inability to enforce even the most bare minimum standards". Country singer Lee Greenwood performed Trump favourite "God Bless the U.S.A." in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was expected to appear Monday with the president in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. "The White House-Fox News nexus has rarely been as evident as tonight in Cape Girardeau", said Philip Rucker, White House bureau chief at The Washington Post, on Twitter.

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