Just writing the words, “Trump’s Administration”, is horrifying to me.
This probably won’t come as a surprise, but Fox News host Sean Hannity has been “advising” Trump’s campaign, and is angling for a position in Trump’s administration should he win the election.
“I never claimed to be a journalist,” Hannity told Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg in a recent interview. “I’m not hiding the fact that I want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States.”
How far does Hannity’s capacity as campaign adviser go? The host himself says he couldn’t say because “nobody controls” Donald Trump but Donald Trump. Sources inside the tumultuous campaign, however, told the Times that “for months” Hannity has “peppered Mr. Trump, his family members, and advisers with suggestions on strategy and messaging.” His involvement is so intense, they said, as to give the impression that “he wanted a role in a possible Trump administration.” Hannity laughed off the suggestion but said, “Do I talk to my friend who I’ve known for years and speak my mind? I can’t not speak my mind.”
The news will come as no shock to anyone who has observed Hannity’s on-air behavior during the campaign. Lately he’s even stoked the fires of conspiracy theories around the health of Hillary Clinton. So in a campaign that has recently been described as a “dumpster fire”, this latest news is the least surprising development of all.
And if Trump loses, and we see the launch of a Trump News network, then Hannity couldn’t be better primed to be the new channel’s star.