Trump Renews Criticism of Fox News With Bernie Sanders' Town Hall Retort

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Bernie Sanders

The president didn't approve of the network's decision to host a Monday night town hall with the Democratic presidential candidate.

President Donald Trump hasn't been happy with Fox News lately. Last month, the president attacked network anchors Shepard Smith, Arthel Neville and Leland Vittert.

"Were @FoxNews weekend anchors, @ArthelNeville and @LelandVittert, trained by CNN prior to their ratings collapse?" he wrote on Twitter on March 17. "In any event, that’s where they should be working, along with their lowest rated anchor, Shepard Smith!"

On Tuesday, he made clear that he was unhappy with the network's decision to host Sen. Bernie Sanders — a Democratic presidential candidate — for a town hall Monday night. The event was moderated by news anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

"So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews," Trump tweeted. "Not surprisingly, @BretBaier and the 'audience' was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have @donnabrazile?" (The network recently hired prominent Democrat Donna Brazile as a paid contributor.)

Baier, who spent months lobbying the White House for an interview with the president, responded to the president's attack on Twitter. 

"Thanks for watching Mr. President — we’d love to have you on a town hall soon — or even an interview on @SpecialReport — it’s been awhile," he wrote. "We cover all sides."

Trump was also displeased with the network's handling of his longtime friend Judge Jeanine Pirro, who was suspended last month for her comments about Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar. She returned to the air Saturday, March 30.

"Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country," he told the network last month. "Be strong & prosper, be weak & die!"