While appearing on a Fox News town hall Sunday night, Pete Buttigieg slammed the network’s choice of hosts, specifically Tucker “Punchable Face” Carson and Laura Ingraham.
“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,” Buttigieg told Fox News host Chris Wallace during the town hall in Claremont, New Hampshire. Buttigieg specifically cited Carlson’s comments that immigrants “make America dirty” and Laura Ingraham comparing immigration detention centers to summer camps.
“There’s a reason anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem,” Buttigieg said. “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.”
Buttigieg appeared on Fox News only a few days after fellow Democratic hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren publicly refused airtime on the network, calling it a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”
Buttigieg also slammed President Donald Trump’s tweets to great applause from the crowd. When asked about his tweets comparing Buttigieg to MAD Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman, Buttigieg responded with: “The tweets are — I don’t care.”
He also called Trump’s tweets “mesmerizing” saying “it’s hard for anyone to look away — me too.”
“It is the nature of grotesque things that you can’t look away,” he added.
Trump tweeted about Buttigieg’s Fox News apperance a few hours before, saying the network was “wasting its time” on the South Bend, Indiana, mayor.
Buttigieg also defended abortion rights during his appearance. Wallace raised the recent string of laws restricting access to abortions in several states and asked Buttigieg whether he believed there is any point in pregnancy where the right to an abortion should be limited.
“The dialogue has gotten so caught up in where you draw the line. I trust women to draw the line,” he said. When Wallace asked about pregnant people obtaining a third-trimester abortion, Buttigieg redirected, saying that such hypotheticals are “set up to provoke a strong emotional reaction.”
He added, “I believe that the right of a woman to make her own decisions about her own reproductive health, about her body is a national right.”
Buttigieg also announced four tax policies, including a fairer marginal tax rate, a wealth tax, a financial transactions tax and closing corporate tax loopholes.