Before Donald Trump and Sean Hannity shutter their little eyelids—heavy from a day’s work of destroying the lives of immigrants, women, and people of color—and go to sleep every night, apparently they must speak on the phone to gab about their day.
While we always knew the two had an accursed symbiotic relationship, according to a new piece by New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi, Trump and the Fox News talk show host have a call most weeknights around 10pm. On some days they speak multiple times.
Hannity is reportedly among only a few dozen people outside the White House on a list of callers cleared though an official switchboard. A source told Nuzzi that Trump uses these calls to “decompress,” which is the exact opposite of the word I would personally use to describe what happens when I hear the sound of Hannity’s voice. Here is one example of the two pumping each other up:
When they spoke a few hours before Trump welcomed home the newly freed Americans who’d been held hostage in North Korea, he and Hannity told each other how proud they were, how happy the news made them.
One White House official “assessed the influence of White House officials and other administration personnel as exactly equal to that of Fox News.”
Other details in the piece indicate that Hannity, who prefers “White Russians or Coors Lite or vodka with Sprite Zero or, if he’s at Del Frisco’s, a frozen concoction of vodka and pineapple juice that they describe as a martini,” drinks like a child thinks a James Bond villain drinks.
And, according to this description of his workout routine, Hannity has shot to the very top of my ranking of Trump men most likely to have a collection of katanas in their basement:
Every morning, Hannity meets Glenn Rubin, a man he calls his “sensei,” who coaches him through two hours of “street martial arts.”
... Applying the term karate to his workouts greatly agitates him. “Why does everyone say karate? Not even close to what I do,” he tweeted once. A year later, he tweeted again: “Oh and by the way, I never did ‘karate’ in my life. Another lie.”
That the Fox News anchor created by Roger Ailes has undue influence over the president is nothing surprising—in April, Hannity was revealed to be Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s third unnamed client, something that he never disclosed as he condemned the FBI raids of Cohen on his show. (According to New York, Hannity basically gets free rein at the network, with little oversight by executives.)
Of course, though this preexisting relationship is old news, the unholy Trump-Hannity bedtime bond is still pretty alarming.