Whether his fans agreed with his decision to go on Fox News or not, Pete Buttigieg‘s participance in town hall on the network was a resounding success, and that fact is definitely getting under President Trump‘s already thin-skin.
According to Deadline, Buttigieg’s Fox News town hall drew in around 500,000 more viewers than his CNN townhall, topping off at around 1.1 million viewers. The news wasn’t received well by Trump, who took to Twitter to issue a rare rebuke of his favorite network, accusing it and host Chris Wallace of “wasting time” on the Democratic candidate.
….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
“Hard to believe that [Fox News] is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him,” Trump tweeted. “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 who got them there,” Trump continued. “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!”
Alfred E. Newman, the iconic mascot of MAD Magazine, is Trump’s favorite nickname for Buttigieg.
Trump’s chastisement of Fox prompted a pointed response from one the network’s more notably conservative hosts, namely Brit Hume, who pointed out that Buttigieg at least opens himself to questioning, which is something Trump “rarely” does.
“Say this for Buttigieg. He’s willing to be questioned by Chris Wallace, something you’ve barely done since you’ve been president,” Hume wrote in a tweet while retweeting Trump’s words. “Oh, and covering candidates of both parties is part of the job of a news channel.”
Say this for Buttigieg. He’s willing to be questioned by Chris Wallace, something you’ve barely done since you’ve been president. Oh, and covering candidates of both parties is part of the job of a news channel. https://t.co/D8yQE2kfYF
— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 20, 2019
In comments made today on Fox News, Hume went on to praise Buttigieg as the “most impressive” political candidate he’s seen since Obama.
“I think Pete Buttigieg is the most impressive, by far, candidate in terms of raw political talent in the Democratic field, and he may be the most impressive candidate I’ve seen since the emergence of Barack Obama,” Hume said. “He is as fluid as he can be and he seems to have something to say about every issue. He seems comfortable on the big stage, articulate, even humorous.”
At this rate, the only broadcast giving the blanket glowing coverage Trump desires will be The Jim Bakker Show.
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