Presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is defending her decision to participate in a Fox News town hall following Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) calling the network “hate-for-profit.”
Speaking with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle Wednesday, Gillibrand said “My belief is that the president of the United States needs to represent everyone, and I’m going to ask every voter for their vote, regardless of where they live, whether they’re in a red State or purple state or blue state. ”
“A lot of America happens to watch that network,” Gillibrand continued. “so I would like to do a town hall so I can speak to all Americans about their values, their views, their priorities and where I stand.”
Gillibrand is scheduled to participate in a town hall on the network on June 2 and the event will be moderated by Chris Wallace.
Warren recently turned down an invitation to appear on the network and criticized Fox in a Twitter thread Tuesday.
Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists—it’s designed to turn us against each other, risking life and death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 14, 2019
“Fox News is welcome to come to my events just like any other outlet. But a Fox News town hall adds money to the hate-for-profit machine. To which I say: hard pass,” Warren concluded.
Other Democratic candidates have already held or plan to hold town halls on Fox News.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was the first Democratic candidate to agree to a town hall on the network, and Sanders’ performance during the event ultimately resulted in President Donald Trump attacking the event and anchor Bret Baier on Twitter.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has also gone on Fox News for a town hall and Mayor Pete Buttigieg has one scheduled for next Sunday.
(Watch above, via MSNBC)
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