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  'Slayer Pete': Buttigieg emerges as Biden's unlikely Fox News fighter
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Last EditedRP  Oct 13, 2020 09:04am
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AuthorTom McCarthy
News DateTuesday, October 13, 2020 02:40:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFormer presidential contender receives rave reviews as rapier-tongued opponent of Trump’s cable-TV apologists

But on cable TV, where he has emerged in the homestretch of the presidential campaign as a likable and lethal surrogate for Democrat Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg is something else: “Slayer Pete”.

Conferred on Buttigieg by the Los Angeles Times columnist Mary McNamara, the nickname captures the efficacy with which Buttigieg has turned his rhetorical chops to the task of obliterating apologists for Donald Trump.

Buttigieg’s biggest scores have come on Fox News, an arena not many Democrats deign to enter, unwilling or unable to argue against an alternative reality where Covid-19 is a hoax, Hillary Clinton is public enemy No 1 and Trump is infallible.

But if the echo-chamber quality of most Fox broadcasts has led the hosts into a sense of complacency when challenging their guests, they have recently been fed rude surprises – in the nicest possible way – by the rapier-tongued “mayor Pete” (his other nickname).
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