The crowd at the Fox News Thursday night town hall featuring President Donald Trump wasn’t having it when host Sean Hannity asked him about the idea that he should “tone it down” when appealing to moderate voters.
Boos erupted before Hannity could finish his question, causing him to ask the audience to “leave me alone.”
A separate clip from the event shows the crowd chanting its support for the president. “We love Trump!” they cried in unison, a deafening rejoinder against the idea that President Trump should be less of a pugilist when confronting his enemies in the media and on the campaign trail.
Answering Hannity’s question, Trump repeated stories of his campaign being “spied on” and constantly remaining “under siege” after taking office.
“If I wasn’t tough I wouldn’t be here right now, I guarantee you that. If I didn’t fight back, I wouldn’t be here… We need courage in this country or we’re going to lose our country,” said Trump.
The former president’s decision to sit down with Fox News represents a fence-mending of sorts for both sides, with President Trump looking past the network’s decision to “soft ban” him from appearances following the 2020 election while Fox seeks to capitalize on his spotlight in the face of dismal ratings.
Following the surprise firing of primetime host Tucker Carlson the network has rejiggered its lineup in an attempt to bring back conservative viewers who have soured on the network in favor of alternative conservative news sources. However, Fox remains a potent outlet for visibility among Republicans, something President Trump is counting on during the Republican primary.
Fox in August will play host to the first debate on the Republican National Committee’s calendar, a must-see event that pits the former president against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and a slew of other declared candidates seeking to stop Trump’s ascent in the polls.