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.
Wallace allows Buttigieg to trash Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham in townhall stacked with gushing Dems https://t.co/hHhnHezNLb
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 20, 2019
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.”
….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
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.
“Mayor Pete” truly is an ignoramus. No wonder Scarborough endorses him. He’ll never accomplish 1/1000th of 1% of what Jefferson achieved for this nation. His cheap shots against Tucker & Laura w/o them present to respond was the act of a cowardly punk. https://t.co/TTKUIPWeBD
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) May 20, 2019
It’s very disturbing that Chris Wallace didn’t push back on Pete’s totally out of context comments about his coworkers.
— ?BLQCKADE END⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@itsAnn4Trump) May 20, 2019
‘Thanks @kilmeade for standing up for Fox News and correcting lie about about tax cuts. Shame on Chris Wallace. Lost respect for him. ‘Absolutely no courage’: Brian Kilmeade hits back at Buttigieg for criticizing Fox https://t.co/UFB7P76me1
— Dana (@DanaLovinLife1) May 20, 2019
I think erasing Buttigieg’s name from the list of presidential hopefuls is “the right thing to do.” So tired of this nonsense. #Trump2020
— Andrea (@Andrea51972) May 20, 2019
And Wallace set there like a lump on a log and allowed him to do it. @FoxNewsSunday
— Zoda Stone (@StoneZoda) May 20, 2019
I watched Pete Buttigieg townhall. I had never seen such a one sided town hall. The room was packed with Democrats. Not a single Trump supporter. Very disappointed in Fox for not being FAIR and BALANCED. @FoxNews fan loyal for over 20 years. Convince me to continue watching.
— ?? J Wiseman ?? (@45Wiseman) May 20, 2019
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