Hell hath no fury like President Donald Trump scorned.
“What’s going on with Fox, by the way? What’s going on there?” Trump asked at a rally in Montoursville, Pennsylvania.
“They’re putting more Democrats on than you have Republicans,” he continued. “Something strange is going on at Fox, folks. Something very strange.”
Trump, who is fond of hinting at and spreading conspiracy theories, did not elaborate on what that “something strange” could be.
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Trump also complained about Buttigieg “knocking the hell out of Fox” during the event, which was hosted by Chris Wallace.
Buttigieg had criticized Fox News’ prime-time hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, who often repeat white nationalist and pro-Trump talking points.
“Someone’s going to have to explain the whole Fox deal to me,” Trump added.
He’d earlier blasted the network on Twitter for “wasting airtime” on his rivals:
Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, earned praise from Fox News senior analyst Brit Hume following the town hall. Hume called him “the most impressive” candidate “in terms of just raw political talent” in the Democratic field.
Buttigieg is among the small number of 2020 Democratic contenders to agree to appear on Fox News. Others include Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has refused to hold a town hall on the widely watched network.
“Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists,” Warren wrote on Twitter earlier this month. “It’s designed to turn us against each other, risking life & death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class.”