During a Sunday night Town Hall on Fox News, Pete Buttigieg didn’t shy away from laying on criticism of the network.
The South Bend Mayor caught a lot of heat from Democrats for going on Fox, especially after Elizabeth Warren loudly announced that she wouldn’t be appearing on the network. Buttigieg said of his critics, “I get where that’s coming from, especially when you see what goes on with some of the opinion hosts on this network.”
And he didn’t shy away, even naming specific criticisms.
“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 … then there is a reason why anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem.”
But Buttigieg also said that he believes there are people who tune into Fox “in good faith” and that he is hoping to reach some of those people during his Town Hall event.
Here’s a clip of that interaction:
Even though some of these hosts are not always there in good faith, I think a lot of people tune into this network in good faith.
Whether it’s going on Fox or going into places where Democrats haven’t been seen much, we have to find people where they are–not change our values. pic.twitter.com/xNHoD0uzE4
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) May 20, 2019
It’s not clear if President Trump watched Buttigieg on Fox News, but he was definitely aware that the town hall was going on. The president tweeted ahead of the event, “Hard to believe that Fox News is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete … they forgot the people who got them there.”
He also doubled down on his nickname for Buttigieg — “Alfred E. Newman (sic),” after the Mad Magazine mascot. Trump then declared that the 37-year-old Democrat “will never be president.”
….who got them there. Chris Wallace said, “I actually think, whether you like his opinions or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance…fascinating biography.” Gee, he never speaks well of me – I like Mike Wallace better…and Alfred E. Newman will never be President!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019
Trump, who seems to be closely watching the Democratic primaries, has just recently started talking about Buttigieg.
But he hasn’t given the young up-and-comer nearly as much attention as he’s doled out on some of the other candidates. He talks about “Sleepy Joe Biden” and “Crazy Bernie” pretty frequently but Buttigieg is a new opponent for the president.