Pete in sunglasses

Let is be known that Pete Buttigieg does not suffer fools.

Last week, Ambassador Richard Grenell, the openly gay US ambassador to Germany appointed by Donald Trump, slammed Buttigieg in an interview with Fox News, accusing him of perpetrating a “hoax along the lines of Jussie Smollett” when it comes to his drama with Vice President Mike Pence.

“Mayor Pete has been pushing this hate hoax along the lines of Jussie Smollett for a very long time now, several weeks,” Grenell claimed.

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Grenell added, “It’s ironic that right about now when he’s starting his fundraising apparatus to run for president that he comes up with this idea and this attack.”

During a CNN town hall event last night with Anderson Cooper last night, 37-year-old Buttigieg was asked about Grenell’s snarky comments.

The 2020 hopeful kept his response short and to the point.

“I’m not a master fisherman,” he said, “but I know bait when I see it, and I’m not gonna take it.”

We’d say that’s about the political equivalent of a “thank u, next.”

And that settles that.

Watch.

Related: Gay ambassador compares Pete Buttigieg to lying hoaxer Jussie Smollett for challenging Mike Pence

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