Fox News host Sean Hannity reacted to the news of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis by touting the ineffective COVID-19 therapeutic hydroxychloroquine, claiming the nation is on the “back end” of the pandemic, and boasting that the president’s partial China travel restriction saved millions of Americans lives.
The world stopped late Thursday night after it was revealed that the president and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, which has killed over 200,000 Americans. The news came off the heels that close White House aide Hope Hicks had also tested positive for the disease.
Cable news networks scrambled to cover the bombshell news, especially Fox News, which was airing a repeat of Hannity at the time. Shortly after 1 a.m. ET, a substitute anchor was rushed on-air and Hannity himself called into the network to discuss the president’s illness.