Former President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE will appear on Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick Hannity90 percent of full-time Fox Corp. employees say they're fully vaccinated: executive The Memo: California recall exposes the limit of Trump's GOP Republicans divided on Trump's strength as possible 2024 candidate MORE’s prime-time show Wednesday evening, the network announced, just hours after breaking his media silence for the first time since leaving office.
Fox News said in a press release Wednesday afternoon that the 9 p.m. Eastern broadcast of “Hannity” will feature an interview with Trump “to discuss the life and legacy of radio pioneer Rush Limbaugh.”
Trump is also expected to make appearances Wednesday evening on Newsmax and OAN, The Washington Post reported, citing a Trump spokesman.
Limbaugh’s death was announced on his program earlier Wednesday by his wife, Kathryn Limbaugh, a little more than a year after the conservative talk radio host announced his stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis.
Fox News’s press release added that the entirety of Wednesday evening’s show, “will be dedicated to memorializing Limbaugh,” with additional appearances by Fox News host Mark LevinMark Reed LevinFormer California senator prods Feinstein to consider retirement Elder pledges to replace Feinstein with Republican if he wins California recall election Sunday shows preview: Feds slam social media over COVID-19 misinformation MORE, former Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.) and Fox contributor Dan Bongino.
Trump on Wednesday made his first media appearance post-presidency on Fox News's "Outnumbered" within an hour of the news breaking of Limbaugh's death.
Trump, who last year awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, praised the conservative radio icon during the "Outnumbered" interview, repeatedly calling him a “legend.”
“There aren’t too many legends around. But he is a legend," Trump said on the show via phone. "And those people who listen to him every day, it was like a religious experience for a lot of people."
He also used the airtime to condemn the Republican establishment, reiterating his false claim that he defeated President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE in the 2020 election by a wide margin, claims that were at the center of his second impeachment.
"I think we won substantially. ... You would have had riots going all over the place if that happened to a Democrat,” Trump said. “We don't have the same support at certain levels of the Republican system."
The remarks came a day after Trump issued a statement condemning Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally House to act on debt ceiling next week MORE (R-Ky.), calling him "a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack."
McConnell on Saturday had said during a Senate floor speech that Trump was “practically and morally” responsible for the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol because he led his followers to believe the election had been stolen from him.
McConnell’s blistering remarks came after the Senate fell short of the 67 votes required to convict Trump on a charge of inciting the mob attack. McConnell joined most Republicans in voting to acquit Trump, arguing that the trial was outside the Senate’s jurisdiction.
Updated at 5:08 p.m.