In baseball, the visiting team gets to bat first and the home team has the last at-bat. The opportunity in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off win by the hosts, when it happens, stomps the morale of the opponent. Fox News prime-time hosts left their spike marks all over Democrat Pete Buttigieg by Monday night, following Buttigieg’s town hall appearance on Fox the previous evening when he chose to take his cheap shots at them, all while moderator Chris Wallace failed to offer up any defense.
No worries … the big sluggers in the Fox lineup came to play and they delivered some mighty shots of their own, leaving Buttigieg as the loser on the scoreboard.
The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and one of a couple dozen 2020 Democrat candidates for president offered that his appearance on the Fox network was a bit controversial because of how triggering the channel’s opinion hosts are. “I mean when you’ve got Tucker Carlson saying that immigrants make America dirty,” said Buttigieg. “When you’ve got Laura Ingraham comparing detention centers with children in cages to summer camps.”
Monday night, Tucker Carlson got his chance to respond. While displaying a graphic that said, “Radical Pete,” he referred to Buttigieg as a “slippery demagogue” who misrepresents his stance on abortion. Asked about his position on abortion in the town hall, Buttigieg evaded answering directly, saying instead that women should decide what limits to place. Carlson said that essentially means is, Buttigieg’s view is “there ought to be no limits at all to abortion.”
Next on the Fox schedule came Sean Hannity, who made several comments disagreeing with the candidate’s policies and pointedly referenced as well a Monday Washington Times story that reported Buttigieg is absent from South Bend nearly 50 percent of the time while he is on the road campaigning for higher office.
“… by the way, Mr. Pete, what record do you have?” Hannity asked. “Because a new report shows you’re hardly ever the mayor of South Bend. Who’s running the city while you’re out raising money in LA and New York with all your rich friends who want you to be president, supposedly?”
Following Hannity and batting clean-up, Laura Ingraham devoted the most time in her broadcast to Buttigieg and what she called his “phony sanctimony.”
“Beyond his Boy Scout demeanor and Mayor Pete shtick, Buttigieg is but another creation of a media apparatus desperate to oust Trump,” Ingraham said. “And as I’m sure you saw again and again and on the other networks, he showed this unattractive strain last night. But it is hard to patronize and condescend your way to win the nomination. You can’t do it. You have to treat people like they deserve to be treated.”
Have a look at some of the game highlights here …
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The hosts of the morning program “Fox & Friends” on Monday came out bright and early to defend their network peers and to skewer Buttigieg.
Ainsley Earhardt commented on his delivery … “He knows how to answer these questions,” she said. “He is a politician. But if you are going to go to the polls and vote, you have got to know where he stands on these issues. He is extremely progressive. (He) wants to get rid of the Electoral College …”
“In New Hampshire, which would diminish their effectiveness, people clapped loudly when he said that,” Steve Doocy said.”
“Because they are all his friends,” said Brian Kilmeade. “I think he’s related to the whole audience. Number two, don’t hop on our channel and continue to put down the other hosts on the channel, or the channel. If you feel that negative about it, don’t come. Because for him to go out there and take shots at our prime-time lineup without going on our prime-time lineup shows, to me, absolutely no courage.”
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