A Rowdy, Raw Evening With Sean Hannity at CPAC
Hannity hosted a highly charged debate about gun control and threw footballs to the CPAC crowd.
Sean Hannity presents himself as a man of the people, and the moniker certainly seemed genuine during a live taping of his Fox News show Hannity on Thursday night at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington, D.C.
Before his show even began, Hannity began bashing "fake news" CNN, generating healthy applause from the crowd. Throughout the taping, he repeatedly criticized the gun control town hall the network put on Wednesday night.
"CNN stacked the deck against Second Amendment supporters," Hannity said. "They're not interested in solutions. This is all about creating political theater. In fact, it did nothing to solve the problem."
Hannity's guests on the show supported his prescriptions for preventing school shootings, with the notable exception of his colleague, Geraldo Rivera. At one point during the taping, Rivera grew frustrated and turned against the crowd, shouting, "You wanna do nothing?!? You wanna just do nothing?!"
There were also light moments during the taping. Before it began, Hannity tossed several footballs into the crowd. At one point, during a commercial break, Hannity had a contest with White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway to see who could throw a football farther. (Hannity won.)
National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch, who participated in CNN's town hall, joined Hannity on his show to thunderous applause and chants of "Dana!" and "Marry me, Dana!" Loesch's star seems to be rising exponentially following her performance Wednesday night. Earlier on Thursday, she spoke in front of the full CPAC audience and claimed that "many in legacy media love mass shootings."
Loesch told Hannity's crowd that she was called mean names and was "Cersei chanted, 'Shame!'" by the CNN crowd, a reference to the Game of Thrones character Cersei Lannister.
She also said that CNN anchor Jake Tapper, who moderated the Wednesday town hall, expressed concern for her safety after the event ended. Loesch claimed that Tapper asked her, "Do you have an escort? You need to get out of here right now."
Asked about the media's coverage of Trump's listening session on gun violence, Conway said, "I think there are many in the media who are trying to get the story. Unfortunately, there are many who are trying to get the president."