In defending Trump, Hannity rips Sen Sasse with hashtag #LOSER

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President Trump’s criticism of news outlets sparked a feud between Fox News host Sean Hannity and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) that played out late Thursday on Twitter. The show host responded to the senator’s suggestion that he doesn’t support the Constitution by shooting back that Sasse has “done nothing” in D.C. and should “call me when you repeal Obamacare.”

Hannity and Sasse started going at it after Trump recently tweeted, “Disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write.” The president also suggested news outlets’ licenses be evaluated and possibly revoked.

Trump clarified later that he has no plans to seek limits on what the press writes or reports, but a tweet he issued on Wednesday threatened to pull NBC’s broadcasting license over a story he said was false.

Sasse responded by challenging Trump on his allegiance to the First Amendment of the Constitution and its protection of a free press, tweeting on Wednesday night: “Are you recanting of the Oath you took on Jan. 20 to preserve, protect, and defend the 1st Amendment?”

Sasse also tweeted, “No president should play with censoring news they dislike.”

Hannity said he regretted supporting Sasse as a candidate because of his Trump criticism.

“I’d never support censoring anybody!! I’ve stood up for freedom of speech/Constitution my entire life. You have accomplished NOTHING IN DC,” Hannity tweeted. “The @POTUS keeps his promises. You criticize the Potus daily. How about standing up to McConnell? Call me when u repeal Obamacare #Loser.”

Hannity defended Trump’s criticism of “fake news” and pointed out that Sasse has not exactly been successful in Congress.

An outspoken Trump supporter, Hannity interviewed the president on Wednesday night and frequently speaks with him on the phone.

After Trump said the government could challenge licensing for outlets that write what he calls “Fake News,” critics began saying that Trump wants to use the Federal Communications Commission to restrict the press. The president denied those allegations.

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