South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, one of the worst-performing 2020 Democrat presidential candidates, doesn’t appear to be a very gracious man.
Besides repeatedly insulting Vice President Mike Pence, who’s always treated him with the utmost respect, the 2020 contender has also taken to bashing Fox News. This despite the top-rated news network offering to host a town hall event just for him this Sunday evening.
“There’s been a lot of debate recently about whether Democratic presidential candidates should go on Fox News,” he said in a campaign email sent late Saturday.
“First, let me be clear: 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.”
He continued by basically arguing that, despite Fox News allegedly being a hateful and divisive network, it’s nonetheless fundamental that Democrats reach out to its audience.
“Just because many of these opinion hosts don’t operate in good faith, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t Fox viewers tuning in in good faith,” he wrote. “If we ignore the viewers of Fox News and every news platform that doesn’t share our worldview, we will surrender our ability to speak directly to millions of American voters. If we don’t show up, the conservative media will tell our side of the story for us.”
.@PeteButtigieg sends email to supporters explaining why he’s participating in a Fox News town hall tomorrow night. Doesn’t mention Warren but implicitly rebukes her: “If we don’t show up, the conservative media will tell our side of the story for us.” pic.twitter.com/ydKP2qUo2z
— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) May 18, 2019
Democrat candidates such as Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Amy Klobuchar have faced criticism for agreeing to attend Fox News-hosted town hall events.
Last week fellow candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren seemed to join the criticism when she delivered a Twitter rant declaring that she’d never attend a Fox-hosted town hall because the network’s “a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”
Fox News is often accused of being hateful because it’s unafraid to approach issues from a conservative and/or Christian perspective. And according to the far-left, whose ideology has effectively taken over the Democrat Party, conservatism and Christianity are in themselves both hateful.
Fox News is likewise often accused of being conspiratorial as per its willingness to broach news stories that the mainstream media ignore. The network, for instance, was the first to publish reports about the alleged corruption that led to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
When Fox first began running stories about everything from disgraced former FBI special agent Peter Strzok to President Donald Trump’s claims that he’d been spied upon by the Obama administration, the media dismissed the stories as conspiracy theories.
Yet as time has passed, every single one of these alleged conspiracy theories has been proven true. The media-peddled conspiracy theory that the president colluded with Russian operatives to affect the 2016 election, on the other hand, has been proven false.
Collusion delusion: The 7 conspiracy theories that weren’t https://t.co/NqOhaP2pOw
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) March 25, 2019
Nor is it clear why he’s never placed the spotlight on himself. When Pence served as Indiana’s governor, he and Buttigieg got along just fine. But the moment the South Bend mayor entered into the 2020 race, he began disparaging the vice president, even describing his Christian beliefs as “fanatical.”
These attacks have not sat well with openly gay U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.
“For those of us in the LGBT community who deal in facts, we are chilled by recklessly repeated gossip. Mike Pence is a humble Christian who loves God, and all His creation. I know him. You obviously don’t,” the ambassador tweeted in March in response to Buttigieg’s trash-talking.
Note that the 2020 contender purports to be a Christian himself.
For those of us in the LGBT community who deal in facts, we are chilled by recklessly repeated gossip. Mike Pence is a humble Christian who loves God, and all His creation. I know him. You obviously don’t. https://t.co/5OQzWEWCfP
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) March 13, 2019
This guys obsessed with Mike Pence’s faith. Seems that @PeteButtigieg suffers from intolerance and bigotry.
Pete don’t confuse yourself if you can’t respect Mike Pence’s faith you’re a bigot.
— ChrisOnPolitics (@USA_First_2016) April 9, 2019
— Brendan Gallagher (@Brando041) April 9, 2019
Pence: Pence response: ‘I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest personal regard. We have a great working relationship, and I see him as a dedicated public servant and a patriot.’
Is it shameful that the man can accept you but not agree with your lifestyle?
It seems ur the bigot
— Mike (@MikeH1230) April 9, 2019
Pete Buttigieg is the real bigot. https://t.co/QsTFaY5lKU
— Lisa Hansen (@LisaHansen17) April 8, 2019
Buttigieg’s own bigotry and hatefulness doesn’t seem to be winning him any points. According to a hypothetical 2020 matchups poll published by Fox News last week, Buttigieg is the only Democrat candidate among the top five who would lose to the president if the election were held today.
No offense to the openly gay Indiana mayor, but that’s not a good look …
2020 Presidential Vote Preference pic.twitter.com/zlZBbIAe8u
— Sara. Lies. For. Trump. (@SaraLies4Trump) May 18, 2019