Sean Hannity Is Stopping Donald Trump From Ending Up Like Nixon, Geraldo Rivera Claims

Fox News' Sean Hannity is the one thing preventing President Donald Trump from ending up like former president Richard Nixon, that is according to a guest on Hannity's show.

Speaking about the ongoing impeachment inquiry, Hannity said that there has never been a president who has had "more knives in his back" than Trump, prompting Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera to comment that Hannity was the one person sticking up for Trump.

"If it wasn't your show, Sean, they would destroy him absolutely," Rivera said. "You're the difference between Donald J. Trump and Richard Nixon. In Nixon's case, if he had someone that stuck up for him, he wouldn't have been motivated to cover up that burglary, he would've let the perpetrators get their just desserts."

Laughing, Hannity replied: "I don't necessarily agree with your analysis, but I will tell you, they lie, I'm sick of it. They're hurting the country, I'm sick of that too. And their double standard is repulsive at this point."

Rivera told the host: "Everything you say is absolutely true, but watching your show and watching your producers work and seeing these packages where you put the lie exactly to what they're saying... who else is doing that?"

"The nation is being fed this constant stream of propaganda and impeachment. Some of these people have been calling for his impeachment from the microsecond he was elected," he added.

Hannity has been a staunch ally of the president, with the pair regularly speaking on the phone, New York Magazine reported last year.

On Tuesday, Hannity lashed out at what he perceived to be a double standard in the media reporting of Trump's claims over Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

In a phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky that is now at the center of the impeachment inquiry, Trump said, according to a summary released by the White House: "There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that. So whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it. It sounds horrible to me."

It is the discussion of Biden's son—who held a position on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma at the same time that Biden was vice president of the U.S.—that Hannity appeared to suggest the media should be focusing on, showing a August 2014 picture of Biden and his son golfing with Devon Archer, a fellow board member of Burisma. (Hunter joined the board months earlier, in April that year.)

"If this were Donald Trump Jr., there would be a ton of evidence," Hannity said showing the picture. "Where is the scrutiny of all this? Where is the serious investigative reporting? I've reported on this show, journalism in America has died, it's dead since 2007 and probably way before.

"What if the person was Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump... heck, Ivanka, Barron Trump. Imagine how much the mob in the media would be obsessed with that story. They wouldn't be covering for Don Jr., they'd be fanning the flames," he added.

Biden has previously commented to Fox News that he has never discussed business with his son, while his campaign has sent a letter to TV networks asking them to stop booking Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has been very vocal in making thus far unfounded accusations against Biden.

"By giving him your air time, you are allowing him to introduce increasingly unhinged, unfounded and desperate lies into the national conversation," the Biden campaign said.