As Democratic hopefuls have been hitting the campaign trail, they’ve often been asked for their opinion on Fox News. Elizabeth Warren pulled no punches, referring to the network as a “hate for profit racket.”
Pete Buttigieg, unlike Warren, accepted an invitation to hold a town hall style meeting on Fox News Sunday night. Despite appearing on the channel, the South Bend mayor threw digs directed at Fox personalities Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson.
The 2020 presidential candidate described the experience of coming onto the network in the first place. “There is a reason why anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem,” he told the crowd.
Buttigieg then took aim at some of the network’s stars, saying, “Even though some of these hosts are not always there in good faith, I think a lot of people tune into this network in good faith.”
Even though some of these hosts are not always there in good faith, I think a lot of people tune into this network in good faith.
Whether it’s going on Fox or going into places where Democrats haven’t been seen much, we have to find people where they are–not change our values. pic.twitter.com/xNHoD0uzE4
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) May 20, 2019
He then mentioned the hosts by name, “I get where that’s coming from especially when you see what goes on with some opinion hosts on this network. 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.”
Of course, Buttigieg also talked about Trump, saying, ““Tweets are, I don’t care.”
Lastly, the South Bend Mayor talked about the rare opportunity to connect with voters who usually wouldn’t hear his message. He said, “Whether it’s going on Fox or going into places where Democrats haven’t been seen much, we have to find people where they are–not change our values.”
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