2020 Democratic hopeful Elizabeth Warren side-stepped an appearance on Fox News as she labeled them a “hate-for-profit racket,” which has Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) questioning her reasoning in avoiding voters.
“Why do you have such contempt for half of America?” Crenshaw asked in response to Warren.
Although other 2020 Democratic candidates were interviewed thus far on the network, — crushing ratings in doing so — Warren claimed she turned down the opportunity because, as she believes, they’re a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists,” as IJR Red reported.
She wrote in one of several tweets:
“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.”
Warren’s attempt to avoid “half of America,” as Crenshaw called her out for, comes shortly after Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) garnered around 1.6 million viewers during her Fox News town hall, and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) town hall had roughly 2.55 million viewers.
Crenshaw slammed Warren for “labeling and insulting the other side as full of ‘racism and hate,'” as he added that it’s a “cheap attempt to undermine ideas so that you don’t have to actually confront them.”
“It is an intellectually void strategy,” he tweeted on Wednesday.
Why do you have such contempt for half of America?
Labeling and insulting the other side as full of “racism and hate” is a cheap attempt to undermine ideas so that you don’t have to actually confront them. It is an intellectually void strategy. https://t.co/3Lubg4dEH4
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) May 15, 2019
Even though the Democratic National Committee blocked Fox News from hosting a primary debate during the 2020 presidential election, the network seems to be doing pretty well with viewership — beating CNN’s town hall ratings — as Democratic candidates attend their town halls.
As for if any other Democrat candidates will attend Fox News town halls, some aren’t ruling it out.
This also includes Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who said he’d “absolutely do” one “but they told us we can’t have one which is a little bit confusing to us because they have given them to people who are polling at the same place as us,” according to CNN. It’s worth noting Swalwell sits at zero percent on the 2020 Democratic polls.