Fox News host Sean Hannity is among the high-profile conservatives putting pressure on Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) to scrap plans to appoint businesswoman Kelly Loeffler to fill outgoing Sen. Johnny Isakson‘s (R) seat, a move that would be seen as a snub to President Trump.
“[Producer] Lynda [McLaughlin] wants me to give out the number of the governor’s office. Well, he’s not going to talk to me,” said Hannity on his radio program that airs on more than 600 stations nationwide.
“Well, maybe people should call him,” said McLaughlin.
“Alright. I’m not going to do it all day. I’m going to give it out now if you want it,” Hannity, also a Fox News prime-time host for 23 years, replied.
“We’ll give it a couple times. And we’ll put it online,” McLaughlin added.
Hannity’s pushback comes as Isakson is set to retire on Dec. 31 for health reasons. The timing is particularly crucial given the impeachment process of President Trump may progress to a Senate trial in January. Kemp is expected to announce Loeffler as his pick this week, and she would likely be sworn in on Jan. 1.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), another staunch Trump ally, also voiced his discontent at Kemp in a tweet over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend while also pushing for Collins.
“@realdonaldtrump told you how to be supportive: Appoint @RepDougCollins,” tweeted Gaetz at Kemp. “You are ignoring his request because you THINK you know better than @POTUS. If you substitute your judgement for the President’s, maybe you need a primary in 2022. Let’s see if you can win one w/o Trump.”
You are ignoring his request because you THINK you know better than @POTUS.
If you substitute your judgement for the President’s, maybe you need a primary in 2022. Let’s see if you can win one w/o Trump https://t.co/vtjT4CyLMI
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) November 29, 2019
The Hill has reached out to Kemp’s office for comment.