Trump freaked out at Fox News for hosting a live event with Pete Buttigieg, who got a standing ovation from the audience

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2020 US Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg received a standing ovation after a Fox News town hall on Sunday night.

  • Donald Trump was unhappy with Fox News, his favorite TV network, for hosting a town hall with Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg on Sunday night. 
  • Trump said Fox "forgot the people who got them there," and were "wasting airtime."
  • At the town hall in Claremont, New Hampshire, Buttigieg was asked about Trump's tweets by host Chris Wallace, and replied: "The tweets are - I don't care."
  • Buttigieg promised tax hikes on higher earners, and made a pitch for his 2020 candidacy. He also attacked Fox hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham for their coverage of migrants.
  • Trump's anger at Fox appeared to abate quickly, as he appeared on Steve Hilton's Fox show a few hours after the Buttigieg town hall had ended. 
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Donald Trump berated Fox News, his favorite TV network, for hosting a town hall with Democratic Party 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg, who received a standing ovation from a New Hampshire crowd.

The President - a frequent Fox viewer and close ally of senior network personalities  - tweeted on Sunday: "Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him."Advertisement

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Pete Buttigieg speaking at the town hall in Claremont, NH, on Sunday.

"...who got them there,"  Trump added in a second tweet.

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When the interview and Q&A finished, the audience got to their feet and applauded the 2020 Democratic Party candidate, who is currently mayor of South Bend, Indiana.Advertisement

Wallace, looking around the room, commented: "Wow, a standing ovation."

During the broadcast Wallace asked Buttigieg about Trump's Twitter outburst.


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South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (L) speaks beside husband Chasten Glezman at the West Side Democratic Club during a Dyngus Day celebration event on Monday, April 22, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana.

"The tweets are - I don't care," Buttigieg replied.

He did admit that it is "hard for any one to look away" when Trump tweets, adding that "it is the nature of grotesque things that you can't look away."

Trump also reprimanded host Chris Wallace in his second tweet.Advertisement

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Pete Buttigieg speaking to Chris Wallace on Fox News on Sunday.

"Gee, he [Wallace] never speaks well of me - I like Mike Wallace better...and Alfred E. Newman will never be President!"

(In the past Trump has compared Buttigieg to the cartoon character Alfred E. Neuman, a character from "Mad" magazine also known as "idiot kid.")Advertisement

While appearing on Fox, Buttigieg took issue with primetime Fox hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, who were not at the event.


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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Despite his apparent annoyance, Trump appeared on Fox News with Steve Hilton later on Sunday night, during which he was asked what he thinks of Buttigieg's candidacy.

He replied: "I think it's good. I think he runs a city that doesn't do perfectly, and I think he's had - you know, it's sort of interesting because he's running for the president of the United States as a mayor."

Buttigieg told host Chris Wallace at the town hall that many Democratic Party members weren't pleased with his decision to appear on Fox. Advertisement

"A lot of people in my party were critical of me doing this, and I get where that's coming from, especially when you see what goes on with some of the opinion hosts on this network," he told Wallace. 

Senator Elizabeth Warren refused to speak at the town-hall, and called Fox News a "hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists."

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"There's a reason anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem," Buttigieg told Wallace.

"But I also believe that even though some of those hosts are not always there in good faith, I think a lot of people tune into this network who do it in good faith."Advertisement