Steve Bannon vs. Sean Hannity

Bannon Critiques Hannity Over 2024 Election Commentary.

by Nouman Rasool
Steve Bannon vs. Sean Hannity
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In a recent turn of events, Steve Bannon, the former political adviser to ex-President Donald Trump, publicly criticized Fox News host Sean Hannity. Bannon's critique came in response to Hannity's remarks about the ongoing dynamics in the 2024 presidential race, particularly concerning former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

Steve Bannon, a key figure in conservative media and a former Breitbart executive, gained national attention as the CEO of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Following this, he served as the chief strategist in the Trump White House until his departure in August 2017.

Since leaving the White House, Bannon has been a vocal advocate for far-right ideologies and the Trump-led "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) movement.

Bannon Targets Hannity

The conflict arose when Bannon, via social media, targeted Hannity following his comments on Fox & Friends.

Hannity critiqued Nikki Haley's decision to stay in the GOP presidential nomination race, despite lagging behind Trump in polls and primary results. Hannity suggested that Haley, trailing in key states like Texas, reconsider her strategy.

He proposed that aligning with Trump and taking a significant role in his potential administration might be a more astute move for Haley. However, Hannity acknowledged that Haley had garnered substantial support from anti-Trump conservative donors, positing her as a viable contender should Trump face unexpected challenges in the race.

This financial backing has become a crucial aspect of Haley's continued presence in the race. Bannon's response came after a Mediaite article covering Hannity's comments. Taking to his official Gettr account, Bannon lambasted Hannity and Fox News for their perceived continuous and favorable coverage of Haley's campaign, even highlighting a recent prime-time town hall hosted by the network for Haley.

Despite Bannon's criticisms, it's noteworthy that Trump's campaign continues to receive significant attention from Fox News, as evidenced by a recent town hall event featuring Trump, which garnered high ratings. This development adds another layer to the complex and often contentious relationship between conservative media figures and the evolving dynamics within the Republican Party as the 2024 election approaches.

Fox News was contacted for a comment on Bannon's remarks, and any forthcoming responses will be incorporated into future updates on this story.