Baltimore mayor faces off with Laura Ingraham over gun protest march in heated exchange

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) butted heads with Fox News’s Laura Ingraham Wednesday night over Pugh’s decision to provide free buses to take students to a gun control rally in nearby Washington, D.C., later this month.

Pugh announced earlier in the day that she would provide 60 buses in hopes of sending 3,000 students to the March for Our Lives, the rally organized by survivors of the Feb. 14 high school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Ingraham questioned why Pugh was funding the buses to “assist student activists” amid declining enrollment, personnel layoffs and a high deficit in the Baltimore public school system.

Pugh pushed back, saying that the buses would partly be funded through private donations and would benefit both public and private school students.

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“You need to get your facts straight, love,” Pugh said to Ingraham. “I don’t know whether you’re trying to become the communications director for the Trump administration."

“I don’t know why you’re getting personal, mayor,” Ingraham responded.

The two spoke over each other throughout the interview, arguing over the state of the Baltimore school system and whether it is Pugh’s responsibility to help the students attend the march. Ingraham insisted that Baltimore’s “liberal leadership” has been the cause of gun violence in the city, and that it’s “not Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE’s fault.”

Pugh defended her decision, saying that her goal is to “allow the young people’s voices” to be heard in D.C.

Ingraham also questioned Pugh on whether she would provide transportation for conservative students hoping to attend the March for Life, an annual anti-abortion rights rally that was held this year on Jan. 19. Pugh said that conservative students had not reached out to her the way that the students pushing for gun control had.

“Teachers are being fired, personnel are being laid off, and you’re shuttling students down to a rally. That just doesn’t seem to make sense,” Ingraham said.