Kilmeade schools Mayor Pete like Chris Wallace should have: It’s not courage ‘to hop on our channel and put down our hosts’

Pete Buttigieg
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Fox News’ Chris Wallace may have let Indiana’s “Mayor Pete” get away with slamming some of the network’s hosts but Brian Kilmeade was having none of it.

The “Fox & Friends” co-host blasted the South Bend mayor and 2020 Democratic candidate on Monday, calling him out for his criticism of Fox News’ opinion show hosts ahead of his appearance on the network for a scheduled town hall on Sunday.

“There is a reason why anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem,” Buttigieg told the Claremont, New Hampshire audience which responded with applause and cheers as he slammed Fox News hosts like Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.

“I mean, when you’ve got Tucker Carlson saying that immigrants make America dirty. When you’ve got Laura Ingraham comparing detention centers with children in cages to summer camps…” Buttigieg said.

“There is a reason why anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem,” he added.

After airing a clip of the moment during Monday’s “Fox & Friends,” Kilmeade noted that the audience applauded the Democrat “because they are all his friends.”

“I think he’s related to the whole audience,” he said critically, noting the welcoming and non-hostile environment offered to Buttigieg, especially with Chris Wallace as moderator.

But Kilmeade then shredded the candidate who used a Fox News town hall to slam its own primetime hosts.

“Don’t hop on our channel and continue to put down the other hosts on the channel, or the channel,” he said. ” If you feel that negative about it, don’t come. Because for him to go out there and take shots at our primetime lineup without going on our primetime lineup shows, to me, absolutely no courage.”

Kilmeade’s rebuttal was far more than what came from Wallace, who also collects a Fox News paycheck. The network’s anchor and the town hall moderator did not push back against any of Buttigieg’s attacks on his colleagues, as he continued to tee up softball questions during the event.

President Trump weighed in on the town hall, tweeting that Fox News was “wasting airtime on Mayor Pete” and slamming Wallace as someone who “never speaks well of me.”

Fox News senior analyst rebuked the president in a tweet, noting that at least Buttigieg was willing to face Wallace, unlike his 2020 rivals. Hume fired back at Trump for not doing the same, while schooling him on the job of a news organization.

Not only did Twitter users roast Hume for his take, many, like conservative commentator Mark Levin, agreed with Kilmeade and slammed Buttigieg for his pandering and ungracious behavior.

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