In his monologue on the Tuesday broadcast of his FOX News program, Sean Hannity slammed Rachel Maddow's reveal of President Donald Trump's 2005 tax return statement as part of the "corporate jihad" being waged by NBC News against the president.
"The other issue we have to address tonight is the corporate jihad being waged by NBC News against President Trump," Hannity said. "They're the leaders of this alt-left, propaganda, destroy-Trump-at-all-cost media. And now releasing his 2005 tax return proves that they will do anything, spin any conspiracy to destroy the commander-in-chief including working with people that have clearly broken the law."
Hannity said Trump senior advisor Stephen K. Bannon is right, the media is the opposition party.
"All the conspiracies, it is a concerted effort by a so-called news organization," he said. "Why? Perhaps to take down the president. Steve Bannon, I argue, was right. The alt-left propaganda media is the opposition party in America today. They're not news anymore."
"Did NBC News care when the IRS targeted conservatives specifically to intimidate them? Did they care about President Obama's unconstitutional executive orders? He himself admitted that he didn't have the power to do. They have this morning show, [Morning Joe] on MSNBC, they attack the president's mental health almost on a daily basis. And what Rachel Maddow did tonight, if you can stomach -- I actually laughed, it actually made me laugh frankly harder than I have in ten years, was a flat out pathetic conspiratorial attempt to smear the president. Now, I really couldn't watch it with a straight face. It was sort of like an SNL skit but actually better," Hannity said.
Maddow hyped the segment with the following tweet an hour before her show:
What we've got is from 2005... the President's 1040 form... details to come tonight 9PM ET, MSNBC.— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 15, 2017
Prior to the segment the White House released this statement:
Mr. Trump paid $38 million dollars even after taking into account large scale depreciation for construction, on an income of more than $150 million dollars, as well as paying tens of millions of dollars in other taxes such as sales and excise taxes and employment taxes and this illegally published return proves just that.
Read the 2-page 1040: