Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Fox’s Sean Hannity exchanged more than 80 text messages between Election Day 2020 and Joe Biden’s January 2021 inauguration, communications that show Hannity’s evolution from staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump’s election lies to being “fed up” with the “lunatics” hurting Trump’s cause in the days before January 6.
The texts also show the two men debating Trump’s strategy to challenge the election, complaining about Fox, and plotting about what to do after Trump left office — including possibly working together. You also need to spend at least half your time doing business with us,” Hannity texted Meadows on December 12. “And I’m serious. Did u ever talk to Fox. I’ve been at war with them.”
The Insider reports:
In text messages sent to Meadows on November 29, 2020, Hannity appeared to embrace false claims about the 2020 election that former President Donald Trump spread. By then, Fox News, along with every other major network, had already declared Biden as the election winner.
“I’ve had my team digging into the numbers. There is no way Biden got these numbers. Just mathematically impossible,” Hannity texted Meadows, according to messages obtained by CNN. “It’s so sad for this country they can pull this off in 2020. We need a major breakthrough, a video, something.”
The Hill reports:
“Stress every vote matters. Get out and vote. On radio,” Meadows said to Hannity after he inquired about turnout in North Carolina. “Yes sir,” Hannity replied. “On it. Any place in particular we need a push.”
“Pennsylvania. NC AZ,” Meadows replied, later adding: “Nevada.” All four states were hotly contested in 2020, with Biden winning Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada.
“Got it. Everywhere,” Hannity said. The two continued to text as results were coming in that night, with Hannity noting Biden’s lead in North Carolina. “This looks scary,” he said.
Mark Meadows and Sean Hannity exchanged more than 80 texts between Election Day 2020 and Biden’s inauguration.
Throughout the logs, Hannity both gives advice and asks for direction, blurring the lines between his Fox show and the Trump White House.https://t.co/k7AAh6KqZJ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 29, 2022
Fox News’ Sean Hannity exchanged more than 80 text messages with former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows between Election Day 2020 and Biden’s inauguration, per CNN.
The messages allegedly reveal that Hannity “eagerly” used his platforms to spread conspiracy theories. pic.twitter.com/c23zMqEHev
— The Recount (@therecount) April 29, 2022
The texts show that Sean Hannity’s fealty to Trump started to wane as the election fraud crusade grew increasingly unhinged. Before that, he often referred to the Trump White House as “we” and offered strategic advice. https://t.co/0xFrMFP9UT
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) April 29, 2022