Who is doing the booking for Fox News? Whoever it is must have a hard-on for seeing their correspondents and anchors getting their butts handed to them while going viral on Twitter. At least that's the only reason we can think of for them to book Pete Buttigieg again to appear on-air in the lead up to the final Presidential debate of 2020.
In a clip that is currently circulating on Twitter the former presidential candidate speaks with Fox News hosts live, discussing Trump's repeated hammering on emails found in a laptop alleged to have been Hunter Biden's, son of Joe Biden. Additional emails were provided by two disgruntled former business partners of Hunter, one of whom is in federal prison for securities fraud. Given that this laptop was produced by Trump's close friend Rudy Giuliani, who brought it to the New York Post, no one with any sense of ethics or journalistic rigor (or anyone serious at the Federal Bureau of Investigations for that matter) has taken it seriously -- chain of custody and all. And as for the additional emails? They were only taken to staunchly conservative outlets and there's no evidence that any fact checking was done. Still, Fox News is carrying Trump's water and bringing it up in an interview with Buttigieg.
"It's not even clear what he's claiming it adds up to," Buttigieg responds. "They are kind of just saying 'Oooh there's questions.'"
"That Joe Biden was discussing all of his business deals," a host responds. Buttigieg's brows raise before he responds.
\u201cIf Republicans want to talk about the business dealings of a government official, let's talk about this: why does Donald Trump have a secret bank account in China?\u201d
"If they want to make this about the business deals of a government official, let's talk about the president of the United States having a secret Chinese bank account," he said. It's a point former President Barack Obama brought up at a rally in Philadelphia Wednesday night. "That's not like something somebody said that used to work with somebody related to the president, that's a matter of documented fact. And they won't even tell us what bank it was with? Does that bother Americans? I'm pretty sure it bothers Americans a lot more than what they've been trying to whip up for the last 12 days of this election season."
Bothers us indeed!
But the clip was only a little piece of what Buttigieg had said on the program.
The hosts started the segment by asking the Biden surrogate for his candidate's "closing elevator pitch." Buttigieg stuck to the points that he has been making in recent weeks, emphasizing how bad things have been under Trump during the pandemic response, and the fact that Biden has plans. He even took a shot directly at Trump at the end, saying "hopefully there'll be a chance to get that across, despite any noise created from President Trump's side of the floor."
\u201cFrom health care to climate change, a majority of Americans agree with @JoeBiden on the big issues\u2014and tonight we will be reminded that the choice we face could not be more clear.\u201d
From there, they plunged into the email controversy, which Buttigieg said he thought would backfire. But they kept on, with the subject asking if it was concerning or if there "is an answer about the authenticity of these emails."
"Well, we don't know," Buttigieg responded. "As far as I know, even Fox News hasn't confirmed the authenticity of a lot of this stuff being thrown around there. You know, what I think this really comes down to is desperation." Buttigieg went on, lining out just how much Trump has tried to attack Joe Biden on the basis of his son's business dealings, to no avail.
"This was just reported in the last 48 hours," he said. "Because he's got a secret, Chinese bank account. How is that possible? How is that possible? A secret Chinese bank account. Listen. Can you imagine if I had a secret Chinese bank account when I was running for re-election? You think Fox News might have been a little concerned about that? They would've called me Beijing Barry.
"It is not a great idea to have a president who owes a bunch of money to people overseas," Obama continued. "That's not a good idea. I mean, of the taxes Donald Trump pays, he may be sending more to foreign governments than he pays in the United States."