Brian Kilmeade slammed Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg for his criticism of Fox News opinion hosts.
Kilmeade, a host on “Fox & Friends,” responded to Buttigieg’s criticism on Monday by going after Buttigieg, claiming that the candidate shouldn’t be so quick to criticize shows he has never appeared on.
“Don’t hop on our channel and continue to put down the other hosts on the channel, or the channel,” Kilmeade said. “If you feel that negative about it, don’t come. Because for him to go out there and take shots at our primetime lineup without going on our primetime lineup shows, to me, absolutely no courage.”
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Brian Kilmeade says Pete Buttigieg showed “absolutely no courage” in attacking Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham at his Fox News town hall: “Don’t hop on our channel and continue to put down the other hosts on the channel.” pic.twitter.com/jrW3nmWi3d
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Buttigieg, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have all spoken out about the importance of reaching out to those with different opinions.
During the town hall on Sunday, Buttigieg explained why he chose to attend a Fox News town hall, while also defending other candidates’ decisions not to, as IJR Blue reported.
“I mean, when you’ve got Tucker Carlson saying that immigrants make America dirty. When you’ve got Laura Ingraham comparing detention centers with children in cages to summer camps [..] Summer camps. Then there is a reason why anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem.”
However, the presidential candidate admitted that Democrats “can’t blame” Fox viewers if “they are ignoring our message because they will never hear it if we don’t go on and talk about it.”
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“Even though some of those hosts are not there in good faith, I think a lot of people tune into this network who do it in good faith,” Buttigieg said.
As IJR Red previously reported, the DNC announced in March that Fox News would not be allowed to host any Democratic primary debates. However, some Democratic candidates have attended town hall events hosted by the network in an attempt to reach their audience.