President Donald Trump said Fox News host Sean Hannity and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh would be his “special guests” when he campaigns in Missouri on Monday night ― though Hannity later clarified his appearance wouldn’t be on stage.
That deep red state is home to one of the key races targeted by Republicans, who’ve pulled out all the stops to defeat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
A Trump campaign statement said “conservative media legends” Limbaugh and Hannity would be “special guests” at the event in Cape Girardeau. However, Hannity got into hot water with Fox News when he appeared in a promotional video endorsing Trump in 2016.
“We were not aware of Sean Hannity participating in a promotional video and he will not be doing anything along these lines for the remainder of the election season,” a network spokesperson told POLITICO at the time.
In this case, a Fox News spokesperson confirmed that Hannity will host his show from the location and interview Trump, but will not campaign at the rally. Hannity also tweeted that he would not be on stage campaigning with the president.
The announcement that Trump, Limbaugh and Hannity would all be at the event prompted critics on Twitter to devise new nicknames for the trio:
This story has been updated to include Hannity’s and Fox News’ statements about his presence at the event.