President TrumpDonald TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection MORE took a swipe at Fox News during his campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Monday night, questioning the network for hosting a town hall with Democratic presidential candidates such as South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
"What is going on with Fox? What is going on there? They're putting more Democrats on than you have Republicans," Trump said. Something strange is going on — something very strange."
The comment drew several boos from the audience.
"I did want to watch, you always have to watch the competition, if you want to call it," Trump continued referring to Buttigieg's town hall Sunday evening. "And he was knocking the hell out of Fox and Fox has put him there. Someone's going to have to explain the whole Fox deal to me."
For the third time during his speech Trump calls for a doctor to attend to someone in the audience. He blames it on the bright lights. pic.twitter.com/jrTogaMepa— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 21, 2019
Buttigieg's town hall on Sunday drew 1.1 million viewers, despite airing on the same evening as popular shows including the "Game of Thrones" series finale and the "American Idol" season finale.
The criticism comes as a surprise from Trump, who frequently hits so-called "fake news" networks but mostly praises Fox News. In 2017, Trump praised "Fox & Friends" for being named "most influential" because he watches the show, and has appeared for over a dozen interviews on the network since becoming president.