'He Thinks They're Dumb': Hegseth Blasts Chuck Todd for Claiming Trump Supporters 'Want to Be Gullible'
Pete Hegseth blasted NBC News political director Chuck Todd Sunday for calling Trump voters "gullible" and questioning whether they are unable to "discern the BS from the non-BS."
Todd, the anchor of "Meet The Press," said at a journalists conference in Washington that he suffered a "shock to [my] system" in "just how gullible a big chunk of the country was to" Donald Trump's candidacy.
"And, gullible," Todd, 46, added. "Because, maybe they want to be gullible."
"[I] assumed people were discerning it out and knew the BS from the non-BS," Todd said of Trump's bid for the White House.
Hegseth said on "Fox & Friends" that Todd was effectively "calling them dumb."
Gary Abernathy, a freelance reporter and former publisher of the Hillsboro Times-Gazette in Ohio, said Todd's remarks were just another example of "the elite press" failing to understand Trump voters.
Abernathy said he is not necessarily a Trump supporter, but felt the need to stand up for Trump voters in the face of slights coming from people like Todd and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton -- who said the Republican's supporters belong in a "basket of deplorables."
"It's very unfortunate," Abernathy said.
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