Trump Pauses Missouri Rally After Woman Faints, Crowd Starts Singing ‘Amazing Grace’

Erika Holt
November 7, 2018

President Donald Trump's final midterms campaign rally in Missouri was brought to a halt on Monday night (November 5) after a member of the audience passed out. But Fox News addressed the incident on Election Day, calling it "an unfortunate distraction".

"Fox News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events", Fox News said in a statement obtained by EW.

"We were all told that Hannity was going to interview the president, but no one that I spoke with expected what happened last night", the employee said.

Hannity obliged, of course, and during his remarks, gestured to the press pen and said, "By the way, all those people in the back are fake news".

The must-see "Hannity" interview is part of Fox News Channel's comprehensive coverage of the midterm elections.

Donald Trump has been campaigning up to the last minute, addressing rally after rally and urging supporters to vote, saying the media would treat the results as a referendum on his presidency. Bill Shine, who was at the time executive vice president for programming at Fox News and who is now the White House deputy chief of staff for communications, said in a statement, "When senior executives in NY were made aware of this, we changed our plans for tonight's show".

On Tuesday afternoon, Hannity attempted to justify his appearance with Trump.

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He gave Trump a free lane to say how "thousands and thousands" of people had turned out at his rallies Monday and had to be turned away because halls couldn't hold them. In the past, Hannity has said that he's a talk show host, not a journalist.

Since then, Fox opinion personalities have doubled down on their support of Trump and Hannity's popularity has soared, making for an uncomfortable relationship with the organization's news side. The Fox News executive who was quoted explaining in a newspaper report why Hannity's appearance was disallowed was Bill Shine - now Trump's communications director.

"Four more years! Four more years!" a raucous crowd jamming the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, chanted on Monday night, just a few hours before polls opened for what may be the most significant midterm election in years.

As emergency workers made their way to the woman, Trump said: "Take your time".

Hannity used the campaign theme of "Promises Made" and "Promises Kept" as a rhetorical hammer in his monologue underscoring Trump accomplishments and linking himself totally to the campaign.

And Hannity wasn't the only Fox host to take the stage to fawn over the president.

Fox News did not respond to a request for comment. Fox has not addressed the question publicly.

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