Fox News host Sean Hannity failed to question GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump about the candidate's failure to disavow Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, despite interviewing Trump for nearly thirty minutes.
Trump has come under fire for failing to renounce Duke's endorsement after being pressed on February 28 by CNN's Jake Tapper to "unequivocally condemn David Duke" and the KKK. Trump dodged Tapper's questioning, claiming he doesn't "know anything about David Duke" and would have to "do research on" the white supremacist groups. Trump blamed a "lousy ear piece" for his failure to condemn the KKK when overwhelming evidence surfaced revealing his familiarity with Duke.
Several Fox News hosts and right-wing pundits have come to Trump's defense, including Fox's Kimberly Guilfoyle who lamented that Tapper was "trying to make something out of nothing," Fox host Bill O'Reilly who claimed the media was trying to "run down" Trump, and right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham, who called Tapper's line of questioning "gotcha politics."
Sean Hannity ignored what some have called Trump's "politically toxic" remarks on the February 29 edition of Fox News' Hannity, one day after Tapper's interview with Trump. While on his show, Hannity failed to ask Trump a single question about the controversy during a nearly thirty minute interview.
Hannity and Trump have long had a cozy political relationship, with Hannity admitting he advised Trump about getting in the 2012 election. In 2015, Hannity gave Trump 8 hours of airtime, interviewing Trump more than three times as much as the next GOP candidate.