President Donald Trump spent Sunday afternoon insulting Pete Buttigieg and threatening war with Iran.
Trump began his attacks on the Democratic presidential candidate hours before Buttigieg was set to appear on his highly anticipated Fox News town hall.
"Hard to believe that @FoxNews is wasting airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to call him," Trump tweeted.
"Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems. They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in."
The Republican presidential candidate appeared to infer Fox News -- a cable network channel that lends a significant amount of air time to supporting the president -- shouldn't give any attention to Democrats running against him in 2020.
And just for kicks, he added insults to long-time Fox News host Chris Wallace by saying he prefers his late father.
"They [Fox News] forgot the people who got them there. Chris Wallace said, 'I actually think, whether you like his opinions or not, that Mayor Pete has a lot of substance...fascinating biography.' Gee, he never speaks well of me -- I like Mike Wallace better... and Alfred E. Newman will never be President!"
Trump notably misspelled "Alfred E. Neuman," the Mad magazine mascot. Trump has recently taken to using the character as an insult for Buttigieg. The millennial said he had to Google the name to get the joke.
At the town hall event, Buttigieg said he doesn't care much about Trump's tweets, which he said primarily serve to capture media attention.
"I don't care," he said to applause.
When Wallace noticed the tweets reach tens of millions, Buttigieg said the insults mostly capture the attention of reporters.
"I get it," Buttigieg said. "It is the nature of grotesque things that you can't look away."
Buttigieg incidentally has taken a lot of flak for appearing on Fox News in the first place. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have since stated that they will not be appearing on the network as they continue their campaigns for the Democratic nomination for president.