Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg took part in a Fox News town hall meeting in New Hampshire last Sunday and took the opportunity to blast two of the network’s most popular primetime hosts: Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham. He called both of them out by name in a shocking moment as he tried to explain why had even agreed to such a meeting hosted by Fox News.
The Indiana mayor and now rising popular candidate pointed out that other Democratic candidates have refused to be a part of anything sponsored by Fox News because of the network’s infamous and constant attacks on the democratic party. He said he felt, as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has said, that the hesitation to appear with Fox News is because the network has just blended together a mix of “bigotry, racism, and outright lies with enough legit journalism to make the claim to advertisers that it’s a reputable news outlet.”
Buttigieg slammed Tucker Carlson over his comments about immigrants- that they make the country dirty- and he railed against Laura Ingraham for comparing the immigrant family detention centers to summer camps for children. But he was quick to say that Dems shouldn’t blame Fox News viewers for ignoring the left’s messages if they never actually go on there to talk about it, explaining further why he had chosen to participate.
“There is a reason why anyone has to swallow hard and think twice about participating in this media ecosystem… 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.”Pete Buttigieg
The Democratic National Committee said in March that they were not going to allow Fox News to host any of the Democratic debates during the 2020 cycle, saying that President Donald Trump and the popular conservative news network have too much of a mutually beneficial relationship. DNC Chair Tom Perez called it “inappropriate.”
Dems have been publicly battling about the issue with several of the front runner candidates refusing to appear on Fox News events. Sen. Warren rejected the invitation to participate in the Fox News town hall forum, saying that they are out to harm the party. Meanwhile, California Sen. Kamala Harris has also turned down the offer Fox News, with a campaign spokesperson saying, “They’ve reached out but we haven’t entertained it.”
Some candidates have agreed to headline a town hall by Fox News, agreeing with Buttigieg’s stance that if the Dems don’t take their message to the network then it might not be heard. Vermont Sen. and wildly popular candidate Bernie Sanders took part in a Fox News town hall in April and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is expected to headline one in June. Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney took to twitter to express his thoughts, replying to Sen. Warren’s tweet:
Buttigieg also slammed Fox News’ most well known viewer, President Trump, who went after the network in a series of tweets blasting them for hosting the Democratic candidate’s town hall.
Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him. Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems. They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in. They forgot the people…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019
….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
Buttigieg was asked by Mike Wallace about tweets like that and he said, “I don’t care.” He added, “It is a very effective way to command the attention of the media. We need to make sure we are changing the channel,” and admitted the following about giving Trump any attention at all: “It is the nature of grotesque things that you can’t look away.”
Buttigieg also addressed his stance on abortion when he was pressed:
“I trust women to draw the line when it is their own body… I believe that the right of a woman to make her own decisions about her own reproductive health and her own body is a national right, I believe it is an American freedom.”Pete Buttegieg
Buttegieg said, “If it’s that late in your pregnancy, then it’s almost — by definition — you’ve been expecting to carry it to term. We’re talking about women who have perhaps chosen a name. Women who have purchased a crib and families that then get the most devastating medical news of their lifetime, something about the health or the life of the mother that forces them to make an impossible, unthinkable choice.” He continued, “And the bottom line is … that decision is not going to be made any better medically or morally because the government is dictating how that decision should be made.”