- President Donald Trump on Monday continued to prosecute his grudge against Fox News for giving a platform to Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
- At a rally in Pennsylvania, Trump said: “Something strange going on at Fox, folks. Something very strange!” The crowd booed in response.
- Trump was unhappy with Fox for broadcasting Buttigieg speaking with voters in Claremont, New Hampshire, on Sunday.
- Just before the event on Sunday, Trump tweeted that Fox was “wasting airtime” and should ignore Democrats to cover him more.
- Buttigieg was asked about Trump’s tweets on air and said, “The tweets are – I don’t care.”
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At a rally in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, on Monday night, President Donald Trump made it clear that he’s still holding a grudge against Fox News for giving airtime to Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
Trump told supporters in Montoursville that “something strange” was affecting Fox. He mentioned Buttigieg, again comparing him to the Mad magazine cartoon character Alfred E. Neuman.
“Last night I watched Alfred E. Neuman. What’s going on with Fox, by the way? What’s going on there?” Trump said.
Incredible — Trump goads his fans into booing Fox News.
"What is going on with Fox? What is going on there? They're putting more Democrats on than you have Republicans. Something strange is going on — something very strange." pic.twitter.com/dHvNk1qUis
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 21, 2019
“They’re putting more Democrats on than you have Republicans. Something strange going on at Fox, folks. Something very strange!”
Trump continued: “Did you see this guy last night? I did want to watch – you always have to watch the competition, if you call it that.
“He was knocking the hell out of Fox,” Trump said, adding, “Somebody’s going to have to explain the whole Fox deal to me.”
Fox also broadcast Trump’s rally, including his criticism of the network.
Buttigieg had used part of his town hall in Claremont to criticise the Fox hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham for their coverage of the migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border. (Neither was at the event.)
During the broadcast, the Fox host Chris Wallace asked Buttigieg about Trump’s Twitter outburst.
“The tweets are – I don’t care,” Buttigieg replied.
Buttigieg said it’s “hard for anyone to look away” when Trump starts tweeting, adding, “It is the nature of grotesque things that you can’t look away.”
Buttigieg got a standing ovation from the New Hampshire crowd.
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) May 20, 2019
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