CNN slams ‘schizophrenic moment’ Fox’s Hannity joins Trump on stage

Voters cast their ballots early for the midterm elections at the Government & Judicial Center in Noblesville Ind. Tuesday Oct. 23 2018

Trump is holding his final campaign rally before the midterm elections in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Hannity is in the Show Me State to speak to the president before he takes the stage.

A spokesperson for Fox News said the network had addressed the "unfortunate distraction", but did not reveal whether the two commentators were disciplined.

Hannity released a statement on Twitter noting that he had not anticipated taking part in the event.

"When the POTUS invited me on stage to give a few remarks last night, I was surprised, yet honoured by the president's request", Hannity tweeted. This was NOT planned.

"They do fantastic work day in and day out in a fair and balanced way", he said on Twitter.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday celebrated Senate Republican gains in the midterm election but immediately threatened Democrats, who won back control of the House and with it the power to investigate the president's personal and professional conduct. The response was that Hannity is "an opinion talk-show host".

Sean Hannity was notably absent from Fox News' live election coverage Tuesday night, despite the network's announcement that he would "provide commentary and insight" throughout the evening. Here's my account of him being scheduled to do his show from a Tea Party event in Cincinnati in 2010, and Fox News cancelling his appearance after heavy criticism from mainstream media.

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Trump called Pirro to join him onstage too, and she in turn encouraged the room full of Trump supporters to channel their energy into voting.

Hannity broadcast his show from the site of the rally Monday, where he exhorted viewers to vote Republican and echoed a Trump campaign theme seen on banners: "Promises made, promises kept". To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the President.

Hannity and Pirro spent the night broadcasting from the rally while simultaneously hyping the crowd ahead of Trump's arrival. Hannity described his role as that of an "advocacy journalist" during an interview in 2017. After Hannity included them in his attack on "fake news", they grew furious. "They've been with us from the beginning".

"I do eventually want to unite, but the fact is we're driving them insane", Trump said. As pointed out by the New York Times, Fox News has taken steps to avoid such a situation in the past.

It wasn't clear what exactly the woman was treated for, but she was described in news reports as "elderly".

"People throughout the company think a new line was crossed", one senior Fox News employee told CNN Business, one of a half-dozen Fox employees who spoke anonymously to the rival network.

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