Bill O'Reilly tells Sean Hannity his close relationship with Trump makes Hannity “the most powerful guy in the country”

O'Reilly: “I don't know of anyone more powerful at this point in history than you are”

Bill O'Reilly tells Sean Hannity his close relationship with Trump makes Hannity "the most powerful guy in the country"

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Citation From the April 22, 2020 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Sean Hannity Show

BILL O'REILLY (GUEST): A campaign that I'm on, and I want to know if you're gonna back me on this. I want all professional sporting teams open by May 15th. I want Major League Baseball playing in the spring training parks, no fans, ok? I want the NHL and the NBA in their own arenas, no fans, players tested every three days so you can't have a contagion, they are monitored every three days, all personnel, TV, radio everybody that's involved. All the front office, all the coaches tested every three days. That would be a tremendous morale boost in this country, are you with me? 

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): 100% and I'm even going to add to it. I would like for MLB, the NHL, the NFL, NBA, I'd like them all to all get together, it's going to be easier I think for outdoor stadiums and I want a plan that they can maybe start every third seat, maybe when you go to Yankees Stadium, Bill and I know you like to go to Yankee games, you gotta get your temperature taken and you gotta wear a mask and you gotta wear gloves

O'REILLY: Ok, but we can do that--

HANNITY: Without the crowds and test them, I agree, I'm in.

O'REILLY: We have to see what happens in Georgia. We have to get a little more data before that, but you can do this immediately. So you got to give the players the test time, and the training time, you can't open it tomorrow. But May 15th you can open it, that gives them three weeks to train, three weeks to test, so that you know every player doesn't have it and then you get the TV and radio in there and you give the country something to look forward to. This is called helping during the pandemic. 

Now I want you to tell President Trump to do this or me and you are gonna have to come down there to the White House and he doesn't want that.

HANNITY: I love how you say me. I mean, you're Bill O'Reilly, you pick up the phone, you're a simple man, call the White House and tell the president.

O'REILLY: He likes you.

HANNITY: That's a rumor how do you know he likes me?

O'REILLY: Because half the stuff he does is what you do on your TV show.

HANNITY: Oh, stop that is not-- by the way that is not true. I will tell you this about Donald Trump, Donald Trump, you know this, you've know him like I have for decades, he does listen way more than people think. But he makes up his own mind, Bill just like nobody can really tell you what to do either, let's be real.

O'RELLY: But he respects your perspective--

HANNITY: And yours. 

O'REILLY: And that's a good thing.

HANNITY: And a lot of people.

O'REILLY: And other people, not just you, but if you, Hannity, I think the most powerful broadcaster right now in the country, I'm not just saying that, Hannity, you know I mock you all the time, but I don't know of anybody more powerful at this point in history than you are.


O'REILLY: You're the most powerful guy in the country, if you tell him--the president, with all due respect.

HANNITY: Some good news, he's already been speaking about this in public so that's in the works.