'What’s with @FoxNews?': Trump fumes after Bernie Sanders town hall

Bernie Sanders drew big ratings and rave reviews for his Fox News town hall on Monday night. And President Trump apparently isn’t happy about about his favorite cable network's role in it.

“Many Trump Fans & Signs were outside of the @FoxNews Studio last night in the now thriving (Thank you President Trump) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the interview with Crazy Bernie Sanders,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday night. “Big complaints about not being let in — stuffed with Bernie supporters. What’s with @FoxNews?”

According to the Bethlehem, Pa., Morning Call newspaper, however, Fox “reached out to various political and local groups in the area and mined requests to attend after it publicly announced the event.” And there were Trump supporters in the audience.

Trump followed up with two more tweets about Sanders, who released his tax returns earlier this week — something Trump has refused to do.

“Bernie Sanders and wife should pay the Pre-Trump Taxes on their almost $600,000 in income,” the president wrote. “He is always complaining about these big TAX CUTS, except when it benefits him. They made a fortune off of Trump, but so did everyone else — and that’s a good thing, not a bad thing!”

He then offered a prediction on the 2020 Democratic primary.

“I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best Economy in the history of our Country (and MANY other great things)! I look forward to facing whoever it may be,” Trump tweeted, adding: “May God Rest Their Soul!”

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CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) walks through downtown Concord on election day on February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. Sanders, who is expected to win over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, greeted voters before taking a short walk where he was mobbed by members of the media. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09: A supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders waits for his arrival into downtown Concord on Primary Day on February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. Sanders, who is expected to win over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, greeted voters before taking a short walk where he was mobbed by members of the media. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Supporters of US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrive for primary night rally in Concord, New Hampshire, on February 9, 2016. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09: People cheer polling results at a primary-night watch party for Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) on February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. Sanders was projected Democratic winner shortly after the polls closed. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09: People cheer polling results at a primary-night watch party for Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) on February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. Sanders was projected Democratic winner shortly after the polls closed. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks onstage after the New Hampshire primary February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. Sanders was projected Democratic winner shortly after the polls closed. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane O'Meara (L) greets supporters after winning the New Hampshire Democratic Primary February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders greets supporters after winning the New Hampshire Democratic Primary February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is kissed on the cheek by his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders after winning the New Hampshire primary February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. Sanders defeated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the first in the nation primary. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09: A Bernie Sanders supporter waits for the Democratic presidential candidate's New Hampshire Primary Night watch party to begin February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) supporters watch election returns of the Democratic New Hampshire primary at a primary night watch party February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. Sanders won the first-in-the-nation primary, defeating rival Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, smiles while speaking during a primary watch party at Concord High School in Concord, New Hampshire, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic Primary, while real estate mogul Donald Trump was projected to win in the crowded Republican field with the final finishing order yet to be settled. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a primary watch party at Concord High School in Concord, New Hampshire, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic Primary, while real estate mogul Donald Trump was projected to win in the crowded Republican field with the final finishing order yet to be settled. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during the primary night rally in Concord, New Hampshire, on February 9, 2016. Self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders and political novice Donald Trump won New Hampshire's presidential primaries Tuesday, US media projected, turning the American political establishment on its head early in the long nominations battle. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday morning, Trump blasted moderator Bret Baier and the studio audience for their warm welcome of the Vermont independent senator and self-described democratic socialist — and Fox News for its hiring of former Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile.

“So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews,” he wrote. “Not surprisingly, @BretBaier and the ‘audience’ was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have @donnabrazile?”

It’s unclear what the president meant by “we.”

“Thanks for watching Mr. President,” Baier tweeted in response. “We’d love to have you on a town hall soon — or even an interview on @SpecialReport — it’s been awhile. We cover all sides.”

According to Nielsen, Sanders’s town hall on Fox News drew more than 2.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched town hall of the 2020 election cycle so far. (Before Monday, the most viewers for a Democratic presidential candidate came in January, when CNN drew 1.95 million viewers for its town hall with Sen. Kamala Harris.)

Sanders’s appearance came after the Democratic National Committee announced that Fox would be barred from hosting any of the party’s 2020 primary debates.

And several Democratic candidates may follow Sanders’s lead. The Hill reported Tuesday that South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg is in talks with Fox News about appearing in a town hall event on the network. And according to the Daily Beast, three others — Eric Swalwell, Tim Ryan and Julián Castro — are also interested in a Fox spot.

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