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Fox's Kilmeade slams Buttigieg for criticism of network hosts during town hall

"Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade ripped 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Senate Republicans label Biden infrastructure plan a 'slush fund' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - Congress returns; infrastructure takes center stage MORE for criticism of Fox News opinion hosts during a town hall televised on the network, saying the South Bend, Ind., mayor showed "absolutely no courage."

"Don’t hop on our channel and continue to put down the other hosts on the channel, or the channel. If you feel that negative about it, don’t come," Kilmeade said on the network's morning show Monday.

"Because for him to go out there and take shots of our prime-time lineup without going on our prime-time lineup shows, to me, absolutely no courage," he added.

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Buttigieg said during the live town hall from New Hampshire Sunday night that a lot of Democrats were critical of his appearance before noting controversial remarks made by Fox News hosts Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Cancel culture, Q-Anon and the 21st Century condition: Random reaction Anti-Defamation League calls for Tucker Carlson to be fired MORE and Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamTucker Carlson debuts his first major streaming show on Fox Nation Trump says Capitol rioters posed 'zero threat' Trump says press asked Biden 'softball' questions MORE.

"I get where that's coming from, especially when you see what goes on with some of the opinion hosts on this network," Buttigieg said.

"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.

Buttigieg is polling at 7 percent in the RealClearPolitics polling index, more than 31 points behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE in the race for the Democratic nomination. The 37-year-old mayor is the third Democratic presidential candidate to appear on Fox News in a town hall format.

Last month, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAmazon workers have spoken — are progressives listening? What's really behind Joe Biden's far-left swing? It's time to declare a national climate emergency MORE (I-Vt.) was featured in a live event from Bethlehem, Pa. that drew nearly 2.6 million viewers.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden nominates former NSA deputy director to serve as cyber czar | Apple to send witness to Senate hearing after all | Biden pressed on semiconductor production amid shortage Apple to send witness to Senate hearing after pushback from Klobuchar, Lee Lobbying world MORE (D-Minn.) appeared a network town hall earlier this month, attracting 1.6 million viewers.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Manhattan law firm named as lead in Cuomo impeachment investigation Senate Democrats call on DHS for details on response to Portland protests MORE (D-N.Y.) will appear in a Fox News town hall on June 2.