On Hannity, Trump Attacks Jeff Bezos And Floats Conspiracy About Washington Post's Reporting
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From the May 12 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
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SEAN HANNITY (HOST): I don't know if you've ever seen -- years ago, they came out with The War Room, how the Clintons fought back in 1992 against George Herbert Walker Bush, very insightful. It gives you some insight, by the way, into your friend George Stephanopoulos. I don't know if you've seen that, but we know about the Clinton machine, we know they play dirty. We know they'll say and do anything to get elected. Between that and The Washington Post announcing that they have put 20 people to dig into every single phase of your life, are you prepared for what's coming? It's not if it's coming, but when it's coming.
DONALD TRUMP: Yeah. It's interesting that you say that, because every hour we're getting calls from reporters from The Washington Post, asking ridiculous questions, and I will tell you this is owned as a toy by Jeff Bezos, who controls Amazon. Amazon is getting away with murder, tax-wise. He's using The Washington Post for power, so the politicians in Washington don't tax Amazon like they should be taxed. He's getting absolutely away -- he's worried about me, and I think he said that to somebody, it was in some article, where he thinks I would go after him for anti-trust, because he's got a huge anti-trust problem because he's controlling so much.
Amazon is controlling so much of what they're doing, and what they've done is he bought this paper for practically nothing, and he's using that as a tool for political power, against me and against other people. And I'll tell you what, we can't let him get away with it. So he's got about 20, 25, I just heard they're taking these really bad stories -- I mean they're, you know, wrong. I don't even say bad, they're wrong. And in many cases, they have no proper information and they're putting them together, they're slopping them together, and they're going to do a book.
And the book is going to be all false stuff, because the stories are so wrong and the reporters, I mean, one after another -- so what they're doing is he's using that as a political instrument to try and stop anti-trust, which he thinks I believe he's anti-trust, in other words what he's got is a monopoly. And he wants to make sure I don't get in.
TRUMP: So, it's one of those things. But I'll tell you what, I'll tell you what, what he's doing's wrong and the people are being -- the whole system is rigged. You see a case like that, the whole system is rigged, whether it's Hillary or whether it's Bezos.
HANNITY: That's a good point.
TRUMP: No, no he's using -- let me, he's using The Washington Post, which is peanuts, he's using that for political purposes to save Amazon in terms of taxes, and in terms of anti-trust.