New York senator and 2020 Democratic hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand embarrassed fellow contender Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren after receiving criticism for choosing to participate in a Fox News town hall.
Warren announced in a series of tweets on Tuesday that she would not be participating in a town hall with Fox News because the cable news network is “a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”
“I won’t ask millions of Democratic primary voters to tune into an outlet that profits from racism and hate in order to see our candidates—especially when Fox will make even more money adding our valuable audience to their ratings numbers,” she wrote.
After only referring to Democratic primary voters in her decision not to accept Fox News’ town hall invitation, in a following tweet, Warren claimed that she is “running a campaign to reach all Americans.”
Clearly, Sen. Warren is going the route of Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” rhetoric. She wasn’t just criticizing Fox News, but also its viewers.
Gillibrand in an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday said that she believes “you need to meet voters where they are, and a lot of America happens to watch that network.”
She said 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,” and that she wants to “speak to all Americans about their values, their views, their priorities and where I stand and what my vision for this country is.”
Gillibrand added, “I have a record of actually bringing people together and getting things done.”
Check out her remarks below.
Other 2020 Democratic hopefuls have chosen to participate in Fox News town halls, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders who participated in one last month and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg who is scheduled to host one on Sunday
Several others including Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Rep. Julián Castro (D-Tex.) have expressed interest in participating.
Gillibrand will be hosting a town hall on Fox News in the coming weeks.