According to philly.com, The two cable hosts have a long history of going after one another. In the past, Scarborough has called Hannity’s Fox News show “gross and repulsive,” while Hannity has blasted the Morning Joe host as “low rated lib Joe.” Hannity has even gone so far as to mock Scarborough’s hair, and really didn’t appreciate it when the MSNBC host compared President Trump to a “kid pooping his pants.”
The two hosts renewed their fight on Monday when Scarborough called Hannity’s show “state-run television” over his interview last week with Donald Trump Jr., where the president’s son wasn’t exactly forthcoming about all the facts involving a controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.
After Trump Jr.’s interview with Hannity, former K.G.B. counterintelligence unit agent and Soviet army veteran Rinat Akhmetshin, who is now an American lobbyist, revealed to the Associated Press he was part of the meetings.
Akhmetshin also claimed Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya brought a plastic folder to the meeting with printed-out documents that detailed what she believed was the flow of illicit funds to the Democrats. Akhmetshin said she presented the documents to Trump Jr. and his associates, former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and suggested that making the information public could help Trump’s presidential campaign.
None of these facts came up with Trump Jr.’s interview with Hannity, which led Scarborough to accuse the president’s son of “lying to the New York Times, lying to the American people, saying this meeting was just about adoption, and then the next day lying about the people that were in it.”
“Then going on a TV show that basically is state-run television,” Scarborough said of Hannity’s exclusive interview with Trump Jr. “These people keep getting caught in their lies, day after day after day.”
Hannity, a outspoken backer of President Trump, didn’t appreciate the barb about his show and lit into the MSNBC host on Twitter in a rant reminiscent of the president he often defends.
Liberal Joe @JoeNBC is boring low rated establishment TV. Joe calls The @Potus a Schmuck, goon, & thug just to please D.C. NYC elites & Mika— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 17, 2017
Sad truth about Liberal Joe is this; He had to become an MSNBC liberal to keep his job. @greta refused to change. Joe sold his soul Sheep TV— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 17, 2017
Fact; Liberal Joe BEGGED Ailes and Shine dozens of times for a job on Fox while working at NBC. Phil & Andy call me for details. #Betrayal https://t.co/aWy5LuQitQ— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 17, 2017
Meanwhile, Hannity and other opinion hosts at Fox News are finding themselves increasingly at odds with the network’s news operations, which haven’t been nearly as sympathetic to President Trump and his administration.
On Friday, an exasperated Shepard Smith called out the Trump administration for a level of deception he labeled “mind-boggling.”
“If there’s nothing there, and that’s what they tell us, why all these lies? Why is it lie after lie after lie?” Smith asked rhetorically to his colleague, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. “There are still people out there who believe we’re making it up, and one day they’re gonna realize we’re not, and look around and go, ‘Where are we? And why are we getting told all these lies?’”
Wallace, who called the meeting a clear attempt at collusion and has been critical of the administration’s false statements in regards to connections with Russia, remained speechless for several seconds before speaking.
“I don’t know what to say,” Wallace responded. “I think that there’s a lot of truth to everything that you’ve said.”