Media Matters reports:
When anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced his presidential run in April 2023, Fox News hosts and personalities hyped the Democratic candidate in hopes that he would siphon votes from Joe Biden’s reelection campaign.
On October 9, Kennedy announced that he would run as a third-party independent candidate, drawing condemnation from Donald Trump’s campaign amid concerns that he would take more votes from Trump than Biden.
The following day, Fox News host Sean Hannity ambushed Kennedy on-air with a list of Trump campaign talking points enumerating Kennedy’s liberal policies and endorsements in stark contrast to the network’s frequent praise beforehand – including Hannity himself in September 2023 urging Kennedy to run as a third-party candidate.
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lol hannity just completely ambushed kennedy pic.twitter.com/ebG1U4DKgr
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) October 11, 2023
Two months ago, Sean Hannity was all in for RFK Jr.’s bid against Biden so much that he hosted a town hall for him during his own time slot.
Tonight, now that Kennedy’s declared himself independent, Hannity suddenly cares about things he said 5+ years ago.
— Christian (@ChristianM_74) October 11, 2023
You’ll notice that questioning from Hannity seems a bit different now that RFK Jr. is running as an independent pic.twitter.com/V5lL1rNkw6
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 11, 2023
Hannity has touted RFK Jr. on the campaign trail, saying of one of his statements: “Wow. That’s a Democrat. RFK delivering a much needed dose of reality to the entire Democratic Party, all while gaining real support and sparking, quote, jitters inside of Biden’s orbit.” pic.twitter.com/TrEbw4aPgL
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) July 25, 2023