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Hannity in Twitter battle with television producer over Trump

"Maybe it's just your ignorance about conservatives..."

Sean Hannity appears on FOX News Channel's "Hannity" at FOX Studios on May 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Television producer David Simon and Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity are tossing vulgarities at each other on social media.

Simon, who made "The Wire," sent out a mocking tweet about Hannity hosting a Donald Trump town hall meeting about issues confronting black America on Wednesday. Simon used a deliberately misspelled offensive term about blacks to refer to Hannity in saying that if Fox couldn't get author Ta-Nehisi Coates or "Black Lives Matter" activist DeRay McKesson to host, "then who but you on the pulse of black America."

Hannity tweeted back: "Maybe it's just your ignorance about conservatives, or maybe you're just a malicious asshole."

Simon, who is white, took some criticism online for his use of the common slur for blacks. He addressed a later tweet to the "hall monitors," saying he intentionally used it to point out that it was wrong to use a white Fox personality for a show to address issues in the black community.

Hannity's town hall meeting will take place in Cleveland on his 10 p.m. EDT show.

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