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By Adam Edelman
Pete Buttigieg used a Fox News town hall on national television late on Sunday to detonate two of the network's most prominent hosts.
Buttigieg, who was criticized by the Democratic Party's progressive wing for taking part in the Fox News protest in Claremont, New Hampshire, is directly interested in the network closely monitored by President Donald Trump. and other preservatives.
"A lot of people in my party have criticized what I was doing, and I understand where it's coming from, especially when we see what's going on with some of the opinion hosts of this network," Buttigieg said. Fox News host Chris Wallace.
Buttigieg quoted "Tucker Carlson claiming that immigrants make America dirty" and "Laura Ingraham comparing detention centers with children in cages at summer camps". Wallace did not address the Buttigieg attacks on both hosts.
Carlson and Ingraham both have prime time shows on Fox News and have been controversial with their comments. Carlson, in December, said immigrant permission "makes our country poor, dirtier and more divided." Ingraham, in June, said the detention centers for immigrant children were "essentially summer camps".
"There is a reason why everyone has to swallow and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem," Buttigieg said. "But I also think that even if some of these hosts are not always present in good faith, I think a lot of people connect to this network and do it in good faith."
"And there are many Americans that my party can not blame if they ignore our message because they will never hear it if we do not keep talking about it," he said. he continued, adding that "we must find people where they are, do not change our values, but update our vocabulary so that we can truly communicate with Americans from one ocean to the other. "
Buttigieg was very well received by the audience of the Fox News Town Hall and his comments sparked repeated enthusiastic applause.
He faced criticism from some left-wing members for his participation in the mayor's office, particularly after Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Refused to accept an invitation from Fox, saying that last week she had been "difficult" to make a network event, which she termed "for-profit hate racket that offers a megaphone to racists and conspirators".
Earlier this year, the Democratic National Committee also announced that it was boycotting Fox News as the main sponsor of the debate.
At City Hall, Buttigieg was questioned about Trump's tweets criticizing him and making him humiliating, giving him the appearance of Mad magazine's cartoon figure, Alfred E. Newman.
"The tweets are – I m not," says Buttigieg, causing loud applause.
He added that they were "hypnotizing" and that it was "difficult for anyone to look away – me too".
"It's the nature of the grotesque things that you can not look away from," joked Buttigieg.
His analysis of Trump's social media habits came just hours after the president, prior to the event, attacked Twitter to insult the mayor of the Midwest, as well as the network that runs the town hall.
"It's hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting time on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace calls him, Fox is turning more and more to the losers in Dems coverage," he said. Trump said.
Chris Wallace said, "In fact, I think, whether he likes his views or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance … a fascinating biography. "Gee, he never talks well about me – I like Mike Wallace better," Trump added, referring to the anchor's father.
"And Alfred E. Newman will never be president!" Trump wrote.
Moments after the end of the public session, Fox News veteran Brit Hume criticized Trump for "barely" facing interviews with journalists like Wallace, while congratulating Buttigieg for doing so.
"Say it for Buttigieg," tweeted Hume. "He is ready to be interviewed by Chris Wallace, which you have hardly done since you were president."