‘We’re hiding on either side’: Fox News host reacts to Donald Trump’s rebuke of Bernie Sanders town hallway

President Donald Trump issued rare criticism of his favorite cable network after Fox News hosted a City Hall event Monday night with one of his 2020 rivals, Senator Bernie Sanders, I -Vt.

So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews. Unsurprisingly, @BretBaier and the “viewers” were so smiley and good. Very unusual, and now we have @donnabrazile? the president tweeted Tuesday morning.

Bret Baier, who co-hosted City Hall alongside his Fox News colleague Martha MacCallum, responded with a tweet saying, “Thanks for watching Mr. President – we would be delighted to have you soon in a town hall – and even an interview on @SpecialReport – it’s been a while. We cover all sides.

Sanders’ tax returns and populist message took center stage in the City Hall on Monday. The Vermont senator released ten years of tax information minutes before taking the stage. The president, for his part, continued to refuse to launch his own.

“Come on, I paid the taxes I owe,” Sanders told Baier and MacCallum when asking Sanders about his returns. “And by the way, why don’t you get Donald Trump here and ask him how much he pays in taxes? President Trump is watching your community a bit, isn’t he? Hey, President Trump, my wife and I just kicked off 10 years. Please do the same.

Regarding the question of his income, Sanders later added, “That year we had $560,000 in income. In my case and that of my spouse, I have written a pretty good e-book. It was the best provider offered anywhere in the world and we made money. If anyone thinks I should apologize for writing a bestselling e-book, I’m sorry, I won’t.

When Baier asked Sanders if the success of his 2016 book “Our Revolution” proved the validity of the “American Dream,” the Democratic nominee disagreed.

“No,” Sanders replied to Baier. “What we would like is a rustic by which everyone has a possibility. . . A lot of people don’t have a school diploma. A lot of people shouldn’t be United States senators.

As Baier asked studio viewers about Sanders’ help with “Medicare for All,” his vocal enthusiasm for the plan seemed to overshadow the Fox News host’s follow-up question.

“I have to ask the viewers a question. When can you raise your hands here, a giveaway of how many people are getting their work insurance coverage, personal insurance coverage right now?” Baier said asked. “Now, of these, how many are eager to move to what the senator says, a government-run system?”

After a majority of viewers seemed to throw up their hands, Baier tried to rephrase the question by asking Sanders: “There are 180 million people under personal insurance coverage, and they could be misguided, aren’t they? not it?”

“Truthful request. I know that’s what the proper wing throws, so let me answer, okay? Hundreds of thousands of people lose their health insurance every year, do you know why? They get fired, or they quit and so they go to another employer. I was mayor for eight years, and do you realize what I did? What every mayor in America probably does is you search for the perfect insurance program, probably the most cost-effective insurance coverage. You change the insurance cover. Every year, hundreds of thousands of employees get up in the morning, and their employer has changed the insurance coverage they have. Maybe they preferred the docs. Some people nod their heads. OKAY. So it’s not new – annual. Now, what we’re really talking about is stability – that when you have Medicare for All, it’s there now and may be there sooner or later.

Sanders also responded to a question about whether he supports abortions at the time of birth, saying, “I feel like it happens very, very rarely, and I feel like it’s becoming a political subject. Ultimately, I feel like the choice of abortion belongs to a woman and her doctor – and never to the government.

Watch Sanders sort through the topic of “Medicare for All” below:

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