President Donald Trump criticized Sunday Fox News, his favorite television channel, for organizing a town hall meeting with 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who was later applauded by a New Hampshire crowd. .
"It's hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him," said Trump, an avid spectator of Fox, close ally of the network's personalities, tweeted on sunday.
"Fox is turning more and more to the losers in the cover of the Dems, they have been dislodged from the boring debates of the Democrats, and they just want to come in. They have forgotten the people who brought them there."
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Buttigieg spoke with Fox News host Chris Wallace in Claremont, New Hampshire on Sunday, hours after Trump's tweet about his disapproval.
Once the interview and questions ended, audience members stood up and applauded the Democratic candidate, mayor of South Bend, in Indiana.
Wallace, looking around the room, commented, "Wow, a standing ovation."
During the show, Wallace asked Buttigieg if Twitter had been launched by Trump.
"The tweets are – I'm mocking," Buttigieg replied.
He acknowledged that it was "difficult for anyone to look away" when Trump tweeted, adding that "it's the nature of the grotesque things that you can not look away from."
Trump also scolded Wallace in a second tweet.
"Well, he never talks about me well – I love Mike Wallace better … and Alfred E. Newman will never be president!"
(In the past, Trump compared Buttigieg to Alfred E. Neuman, a cartoon character from "Mad" magazine, also known as "idiot kid".)
When Fox appeared, Buttigieg challenged Fox hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham during prime time, who were not present.
He denounced Carlson for "saying that immigrants stain America", and Ingraham for "comparing detention centers with children in cages and holiday camps".
Perhaps ironically given his apparent annoyance, Trump appeared on Fox News with Steve Hilton later Sunday night in a recorded interview last week in which he was asked what he thought of Buttigieg's candidacy.
"I think it's good," Trump said. "I think he's running a city that does not work perfectly, and I think he's had – you know, it's pretty interesting because he's running for president of the president of the United States." United as mayor. "
The crowd of candidates for the Democratic presidential election has been torn apart by the need to attend Fox News public meetings because of the warm relationships that bind the network to the White House and the misinformation of some of its hosts, a tension observed Sunday by Buttigieg.
"A lot of people in my party have criticized what I was doing, and I understand where it comes from, especially when you see what's going on with some of the network's opinion hosts," he said. he told Wallace.
Senator Elizabeth Warren refused an invitation to a public meeting organized by Fox News and described it as "a racket of hate for profit that offers a megaphone to racists and conspirators."
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On March 6, the National Democratic Committee declared that it would not associate with Fox News for the 2020 debates.
"There is a reason why anyone has to swallow and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem," Buttigieg told Wallace.
"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."