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Brit Hume was not about to let President Donald Trump’s attack on Fox News go unchallenged.

The network’s senior analyst came to its defense after Trump fired a shot at Fox News Chanel for a scheduled town hall with Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Sunday.

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“Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems,” Trump tweeted ahead of the event with the South Bend, Indiana mayor and 2020 candidate.

“They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in. They forgot the people who got them there,” he wrote, referring to the decision by Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez in March to bar Fox News from hosting any Democrat primary debates, citing a story in The New Yorker alleging close ties between the president and several Fox News hosts.

The president also took aim at Fox News’ Chris Wallace, slamming him for his praise of Buttigieg and adding that he “never speaks well of me.”

Following Sunday’s town hall, Hume responded to Trump’s jab with a rebuke of his own, noting that at least the Democrat was willing to face Wallace, unlike his 2020 rivals. He also fired back at Trump for not doing the same, while schooling him on the job of a news organization.

“Say this for Buttigieg. He’s willing to be questioned by Chris Wallace, something you’ve barely done since you’ve been president,” Hume tweeted Sunday in direct response to the president. “Oh, and covering candidates of both parties is part of the job of a news channel.”

For his part, Buttigieg showed his appreciation for the airtime by slamming the “voices at Fox” for their part in “amplifying hate.”

“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 wrote in a statement sent to supporters defending his decision. “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.”

While Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Amy Klobuchar have not followed the DNC’s lead in boycotting Fox News, Sen. Elizabeth Warren last week declared that she turned down a Fox News invitation to do a town hall because the network is “a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”

In a rant on Twitter, the Massachusetts Democrat claimed dramatically that “it’s designed to turn us against each other” while providing “cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government.”

Meanwhile, Hume got plenty of heat for his rebuke of the president, and though he was quick to stand by his remarks, Twitter users roasted him for calling out Trump and not Wallace.

Frieda Powers

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