Sean Hannity backs Donald Trump but not Vladimir Putin. In the 2016 presidential election, Hannity was an early supporter of Donald Trump. Hannity frequently served as an unofficial spokesman for the president, criticizing the media and attacking Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in Trump’s election. Sean recently stated that Vladimir Putin’s rally was his best attempt to imitate former President Donald Trump.
According to Fox News host Sean Hannity, Vladimir Putin’s stadium-packed rally in Moscow resembled events held by former President Donald Trump, who has previously expressed admiration for the Russian leader. During his show on Friday, Hannity suggested that Putin was following Trump’s lead in rallying public support for his invasion of Ukraine.
In making the comparison, Hannity, however, disparaged Putin, as conservative political and media figures have remained critical of the Russian leader.
“During a big manufactured pro-Putin rally in Moscow, his best attempt to look like Donald Trump, there was some embarrassing technical difficulties during Vladimir’s big speech.”
Putin held a rally in Moscow on Friday in order to gather support for his three-week-old invasion of Ukraine. The stadium was decked out in Russian tricolour flags in footage from the rally. Putin, dressed in a winter coat, stood in front of a sign that read, “For a world without Nazism,” a reference to his stated aim of seeking to “denazify” Ukraine, a rationale dismissed by Western powers.
Large, boisterous rallies at stadiums and other venues were a defining feature of Trump’s presidential campaigns in 2016 and 2020, with the former reality TV star frequently boasting about the size of his crowds. According to the progressive watchdog group Media Matters for America, Hannity said on his radio show earlier on Friday that Putin was “channeling his inner Donald Trump.”
“[Putin] had a what looked like, it almost looked like the big house in Michigan—their football stadium I think holds 110,000 people. Putin had a massive Moscow rally. By the way, if you didn’t show up you probably got in trouble. My only guess, I’m sure many people showed up just out of fear. That’s what authoritarianism is all about, and we should know that by now.”
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Hannity has slammed Putin, saying last month that the autocratic leader must be removed from power “by whatever means necessary.” Trump has refrained from criticizing Putin, despite the fact that other Republicans who had previously praised the Russian leader have reversed their positions as the American public has rallied in support of Ukraine. Trump has continued to praise Putin’s intelligence and savvy since the invasion.
Even when Hannity asked Trump earlier this month if he thought Putin was “evil,” the former president did not respond directly. Hannity appears to be more truthful in his statements. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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