President Donald Trump is coming back for his second town hall of the 2024 presidential campaign season, and this time he’ll be sitting with Fox News host Sean Hannity next Thursday.
The program is set to air Thursday, June 1st between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern time and will be pre-taped, a departure from the controversial live town hall held with President Trump earlier this month. The former president will be appearing from Clive, Iowa, home to the first-in-the-nation caucus for the Republican nomination.
Viewers can expect Trump to face friendlier questions from Hannity, who has had a longstanding relationship with the Republican frontrunner. And with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis jumping into the fray on Wednesday, the broadcast will surely be an incendiary opportunity for Trump to throw his trademark jabs at his nearest rival.
Sitting at his last town hall with CNN host Kaitlin Collins, President Trump generated a flurry of headlines as he swaggered from one monologue to the next, giving a savvy answer on the Ukraine-Russia war, fact-checking the host about his history of tweets, and calling Collins a “nasty person” right to her fact. The appearance left liberals flabbergasted as AOC, Anderson Cooper, and a Lincoln Project founder melted down all while the audience came to his defense.
After withering a month of criticism following the surprise dismissal of former host Tucker Carlson, Fox has a long way to go toward earning back the goodwill of its longtime conservative viewers. The town hall with President Trump will arguably be the last chance for the network to save its reputation ahead of hosting the first Republican presidential debate in August and will likely need to demonstrate stronger ratings than CNN, which drew a mammoth 3.3 million viewers at its town hall with Trump. Two years ago, a Fox town hall with President Trump drew 5.1 million viewers just six months after he left the White House.