Buttigieg takes to Fox News and slams Fox News

Clay Curtis
May 20, 2019

During a Fox News town hall with presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Sunday evening, the South Bend, Indiana mayor called President Trump's tweets "grotesque".

Senators Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kamala Harris of California both announced last week that they wouldn't participate in a Fox News town hall.

"I strongly condemn the voices on Fox and in the media that uncritically amplify hate and the divisive sort of politics that gave rise to this presidency", Buttigieg said in an email to supporters on Saturday.

Yesterday's comments were Trump's most forceful of late against Fox, until now the president's preferred U.S. news outlet and the one that most often gets to interview him.

"The tweets are. I don't care, " he said, to audience cheers. Because what matters, and look I get it, it's mesmerizing, it is hard for anybody to look away, me too.

"I think the dialogue has gotten so caught up on where you draw the line that we've gotten away from the fundamental question of who gets to draw the line", he said.

Buttigieg said "abortion is a national right" in response to a question on Alabama's new stringent abortion law. "And I trust women to draw the line". "But that decision's not going to be made any better medically or morally, because the government is dictating how that decision should be made".

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Fox News, denied by the DNC from hosting a primary debate, has aired town halls with Buttigieg along with Senators Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar.

"There is a reason why anyone has to swallow hard and think twice about participating in this media ecosystem", Buttigieg said after hitting Carlson for saying immigrants make the country dirty and Ingraham comparing detention centers with children to summer camps.

"There are a lot of Americans who my party can't blame if they are ignoring our message, because they will never hear it if we don't go on (Fox) and talk about it, " Buttigieg said Sunday. While he's been criticized for his lack of executive experience in running for president, Buttigieg still has more experience than Trump had when he won.

Last month, he and his husband were on the cover of TIME magazine.

Trump has been critical of Fox's coverage of candidates in the crowded race for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2020 election that will pit one of them against Trump.

Ahead of the forum, Buttigieg, 37, had a two-day swing through Iowa, which will hold the first 2020 nominating contest in February.

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