Fox's Sean Hannity Spreading Lies for Donald Trump in Campaign Rally Appearance, Says Morning Joe

Fox News host Sean Hannity was helping President Donald Trump "spread the big lie" during his rally in Missouri Monday evening, and Hannity should have been honest about his campaigning for Trump, said Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough.

Scarborough attacked Hannity for saying he would only interview Trump before the Cape Girardeau rally, would not take the stage to campaign for the president and only intended to host his prime time show from the rally.

Scarborough, a frequent critic of Hannity's who has feuded publicly with his fellow cable news host, also called out conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

"You have Rush Limbaugh at the campaign last night lying, saying Hillary Clinton and the Russians are colluding? How stupid does Rush Limbaugh think the people behind him are?" Scarborough said. "You have Sean Hannity campaigning, saying I am not campaigning. If you're going to campaign, own it."

Scarborough said Hannity had every right to rally for Trump but he needed to be forthright about it.

"There's Sean Hannity campaigning. Free country. Free to do it if they want to, but everybody is following Donald Trump's lead. They're lying through their...they're spreading the big lie. They are attacking nonwhite people. And Donald Trump has chosen, he has chosen to choose racism over a strong economy."

During the rally, Trump called Hannity and his fellow Fox News host Jeanine Pirro up to the stage. Hannity repeated Trump's attack against the media by pointing to reporters and deriding them as "fake news."

"All those people in the back are fake news," Hannity said. "The back" included Fox News reporters.

Before the rally, both Fox News and Hannity denied he would be campaigning for Trump.

"In spite of reports, I will be doing a live show from Cape Girardeau and interviewing President Trump before the rally. To be clear, I will not be onstage campaigning with the president. I am covering the final rally for my show. Something I have done in every election in the past," Hannity tweeted hours before the rally.

Hannity later posted videos and pictures, including those of him signing autographs, at the rally on his Twitter page and official website.

Hannity, whose prime time show routinely ranks the highest across all cable news networks, has faced significant criticism over his perceived shilling for Trump and the president's policies.

Hannity has often chastised the special counsel's investigation into Trump's campaign and Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election by calling it a "rigged witch hunt" just like the president. He's also called out the "deep state" in the FBI and Justice Department for conspiring to undermine Trump's presidency.

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