White House staffers confirm the conversations between the president and Sean Hannity take place, but it’s what they talk about that is downright dangerous for the entire nation. While Melania is in the very next room, Trump spends his evenings ranting at his television until his beloved Sean Hannity comes on. Immediately after the show airs, Trump reportedly engages in a phone conversation with Hannity. Every single night.
The New York Magazine reports:
“The call to the White House comes after ten o’clock most weeknights, when Hannity is over. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Sean Hannity broadcasts live at 9 p.m. on Fox News, usually from Studio J in midtown, where the network is headquartered, but sometimes from a remote studio on Long Island, where he was raised and now lives.”
According to the report, Sean Hannity is one of a dozen or so people allowed on a list the White House switchboard operators have of people who can call the president directly. A few others on that list include “Eric and Don Jr.; private-equity billionaire Stephen Schwarzman; media billionaire Rupert Murdoch; real-estate billionaire Tom Barrack; Patriots owner and also-billionaire Robert Kraft; and Hannity.”
The president apparently leaves the Oval Office by 7pm, and resides on the third floor of the White House, alone. This gives him time to get his jammies on and settle in for a nice, long chat with boy-toy, Sean Hannity.
White House staffers became aware of the conversations only because the president would walk into a room and announce he’d just spoken to Hannity after one of their phone calls. The president would also often bring up Hannity in conversation, as a smitten kitten usually does, alerting staffers to the fact that these conversations were happening practically every night.
Trump was apparently led to watch only Fox News after tweets early on in his first term often got out of control, and sounded like whiny attacks on bipartisan news anchors like the ones on CNN, MSNBC, and NBC. NY Magazine continues:
“Senior staffers worried about this pattern of behavior: By the time his day was formally under way with the daily intelligence briefing in the Oval Office — scheduled as late as 11 a.m. — the whole world was often thrown off course, wondering whether there were “tapes” of his conversations with a fired FBI director (May 12, 2017, 8:26 a.m.) or if a TV host had been “bleeding badly from a face-lift” at Mar-a-Lago (June 29, 2017, 8:58 a.m.).”
“With the hope of calming him down, then–chief of staff Reince Priebus and then–press secretary Sean Spicer began a subtle campaign. “It got to the point that they were just like, ‘We need to get him off these channels and onto Fox & Friends or else we’re going to be chasing down this crazy-train bullshit from MSNBC and CNN all day,’” one former White House official said.”
A White House staffer reports that Priebus and Spicer tricked the president into solely watching Fox by stressing to him their high ratings and how important it was to watch what his supporters watched. The staffer reveals that after some talking, the president’s choice of show was “mainly a complete dosage of Fox” because “Trump’s someone who loves praise more than he likes hate-watching Morning Joe.”