Sean Hannity hosted Donald Trump for a town hall event in Iowa.
It did not go as anyone planned.
Sean Hannity asked Donald Trump one question and no one could believe what happened next.
Trump turned in a strong performance during the Hannity town hall.
The 45th president focused his attacks on Joe Biden while showing off his folksy storytelling style and ignoring mentions about the 2020 election.
But the town hall did take one awkward turn.
That happened when the crowd jeered Hannity over a question to Trump about Trump’s tone and constant stream of insults alienating swing voters.
“People ask me, ‘Why does he have to fight so hard? Why doesn’t he pick his fights a little more? Why does he have to call people names?’ And the only reason I think this is an important question is because these… I think everyone here tonight is likely voting for you, right?” Hannity started off.
Hannity told Trump that elections “come down to those people that maybe are in the middle a little more,” and that some of Trump’s supporters tell Hannity that Trump should “just tone it down a hair, stop a little of the name-calling.”
At that point the crowd booed Hannity which annoyed the Fox News host.
“I said it’s their question. Leave me alone,” Hannity snapped at the audience before telling Trump “it might help you with swing voters that are needed for you to get over the finish line.”
Trump dismissed Hannity’s suggestion that adopting a softened tone would help woo voters.
In his answer, Trump explained that from the moment he won the GOP nomination, the Deep State, the D.C. swamp, a weaponized justice system, the corporate media, the Democrat Party and the GOP establishment conspired to stage a coup to take him down.
Trump told the crowd that the Deep State revved up the Russia collusion hoax shortly after he won the election as part of a scheme to bog his administration down in scandal and overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election.
“From the day I got in I was under siege by people that had been in Washington for many years, put in there by many different presidents, in most cases people that were against me,” Trump began.
Trump pointed out that the coup began during the election when the FBI knowingly used the hoax Christopher Steele dossier to trick a judge into approving a FISA warrant to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
The FBI even deployed at least one undercover operative on a covert mission to try and gather intelligence on the campaign to frame Trump for colluding with Russia.
Trump reasoned that he could not afford to back down or try and accommodate the opposition because there was a full-scale coup underway to overthrow his presidency.
“They spied on my campaign. They did all sorts of things. I was under investigation and under siege and so were my people,” Trump continued. “And 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.”
The crowd booing Hannity over what it perceived to be an attack question on Trump also helps explain the current dynamic in the GOP primary.
Ron DeSantis levels his attacks on Trump during interactions with the press or on social media.
But DeSantis will not directly attack Trump by name in his prepared remarks to GOP voters.
That’s because DeSantis knows Trump retains an approval rating of between 70 and 80 percent with GOP voters and while some Republicans want to move on, what they will not accept are attacks on Trump.
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