Veteran Fox News political analyst Brit Hume blasted the MSNBC reporter who elicited a strong response from President Donald Trump with what the president called a "nasty" question.
Hume resorted to uncharacteristically using expletives to express his displeasure.
"Legitimate question my a**. It was the kind of bullsh*t gotcha question which hack WH reporters have been asking for decades.
Legitimate question my a**. It was the kind of bullsh*t gotcha question which hack WH reporters have been asking fo… https://t.co/MbwipAqKL8— Brit Hume (@Brit Hume) 1584726271.0
Hume went on to add that the president could have responded in a much better fashion.
"But instead of going off on the reporter," added Hume, "Trump should have said the whole briefing in all its particulars was a message to people who are scared."
He was responding to criticism from David French of The Dispatch, who called the question a legitimate one, and called Trump's response "inexcusable."
'I think that's a very nasty question'
Trump's fiery response to MSNBC reporter Peter Alexander made headlines on Friday.
"What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?" asked Alexander after going down a list of statistics of the harm from coronavirus.
"I say that you're a terrible reporter, that's what I say," Trump fired back. "I think that's a very nasty question and I think that it's a very bad signal that you're putting out to the American people.
"The American people are looking for answers and they are looking for hope, and you're doing sensationalism," he concluded.
Here's from Hume on coronavirus:
Brit Hume on White House response to coronavirus crisis: Trump's words and actions matter www.youtube.com