Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg received a standing ovation after his Fox News town hall in which he slammed President Donald Trump’s tweets, several Fox News personalities, and called for new tax increases.
After Bernie Sanders received major support for his Medicare for All plan at his Fox News town hall, Buttigieg’s policy proposals received similar fanfare.
Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, called for a "fairer, which means higher" marginal income tax, a "reasonable" wealth tax "or something like that," a financial transactions tax, and closing "corporate tax loopholes."
"You don't blow a hole in the budget with an unnecessary and unaffordable tax cut for the very wealthiest," Buttigieg said, hitting out at Trump’s tax cuts.
Buttigieg also received applause when he called for ending the Electoral College and refusing to endorse any restrictions on abortion.
Asked about Trump’s tweets targeting him, Buttigieg replied, "the tweets are --- I don't care."
Buttigieg slams Fox News hosts on Fox News:
Mayor Pete also hit out at Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson when moderator Chris Wallace asked him about some Democrats boycotting the network.
“I get where that’s coming from, especially when you see what goes on with some opinion hosts on this network,” he said. “I mean, when you’ve got Tucker Carlson saying that immigrants make America dirty. When you’ve got Laura Ingraham comparing detention centers with children in cages to summer camps.”
“There is a reason why anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem,” he added.
Trump lashes out at Fox:
“Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him,” Trump tweeted Sunday night. “Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems. They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in. They forgot the people who got them there. Chris Wallace said, ‘I actually think, whether you like his opinions or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance...fascinating biography.’ Gee, he never speaks well of me.”
“I like Mike Wallace better,” he said, referring to Wallace’s father, who was a 60 Minutes host. “And Alfred E. Newman will never be President!” Trump added, referring to his utterly failed attempt to nickname Buttigieg.
Fellow Fox News personality Brit Hume, whom Trump had retweeted just earlier that day, rebuked the president.
“Say this for Buttigieg. He’s willing to be questioned by Chris Wallace, something you’ve barely done since you’ve been president,” Hume tweeted. “Oh, and covering candidates of both parties is part of the job of a news channel.”