Pete Buttigieg shut down this week’s biggest Republican attack on Joe Biden on Fox News.
Appearing on the channel to discuss the presidential debate last night, Buttigieg was asked about the alleged Hunter Biden emails, a vague and complex set of unconfirmed accusations of corruption being pushed by Rudy Giuliani as part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
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And Mayor Pete wasn’t having it.
“If [Republicans] want to make this about the business dealings of a government official, let’s talk about the president of the United States having a secret Chinese bank account,” he said, referring to Donald Trump’s bank account in China that he used for business deals and to pay taxes to the Chinese government that he has not previously disclosed.
Trump’s lawyers have confirmed the account’s existence and purpose.
“That’s not like, you know, 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’s with,” Buttigieg continued.
“Does that bother Americans? I’m pretty sure it bothers Americans a lot more than what they’re trying to whip up for the last 12 days of this election season.”
I swear, for Fox, Pete's like Lucy with the football: they keep thinking he's so innocuous that there's no danger in having him on. Then BOOM.
— Lisa Rowe – VOTE. VOTE. VOTE. 🗳️ (@txvoodoo) October 22, 2020
Buttigieg has repeatedly appeared on Fox News this past month as a surrogate for the Biden/Harris campaign, turning around conservative accusations against Biden.
“Well, it’s too bad, I don’t know why the president’s afraid to participate in a debate,” Buttigieg said on Fox News earlier this month after Trump refused to participate in the second debate, which was changed to a virtual format after Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis.
“I don’t know why you would want to be in a room with other people if you were contagious with a deadly disease and you care about other people,” he said. “But maybe the president doesn’t care about other people.”