Presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) got into a heated exchange with Fox News host Chirs Wallace when she criticized the news network at a Fox News-hosted town hall Sunday.
Wallace interrupted the New York senator after she called out the network for it’s reporting on abortion, but Gillibrand pressed on regardless.
Gillibrand was asked by a town hall attendee about her stance on late-term abortion.
“A woman should be able to decide when she’s having children, how many children she’s having, and under what circumstances she’s having,” Gillibrand responded, before directly calling out Fox News.
“And what we have created unfortunately is a false choice and a false narrative. And Chris, I want to talk about the role that Fox News plays in this because it’s a problem. I can tell you before President Trump gave his State of the Union, Fox News talked about infanticide — ”
Wallace cut off the Senator, telling her it wasn’t “polite” to insult the network she was given a platform on.
“OK, I’ll do it in a polite way,” Gillibrand said before pressing on.
“The debate about whether or not women should have reproductive freedom has turned into a red herring debate,” she continued. “And what happens on Fox News is relevant because they talked about infanticide for 6.5 hours. 6.5 hours right before President Trump’s State of the Union. Mentioned it 35 times.”
Before Trump’s State of the Union in February, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam defended a bill proposed in the state legislature that would allow for abortions in the third trimester if the health of the woman was in danger. Northam’s explanation of the bill led many Republican lawmakers and pundits to believe the governor was promoting infanticide.
The debate moved into the mainstream and Fox News, as well as other conservative outlets, covered the story heavily. Soon after, Trump claimed in the State of the Union that Northam wanted to “execute a baby after birth.”
“That is not the debate of what access to reproductive care is in this country,” Gillibrand clarified Sunday. “It doesn’t happen. It’s illegal. It’s not a fact.”
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I'm never going to stop fighting for women and for our progressive values—whether or not it's considered "polite." That’s why I’m running for president. pic.twitter.com/YWQr3EsNwx
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) June 3, 2019
Gillibrand’s appearance on Fox News was contentious in itself as Democratic presidential candidates have differed on whether or not they should appear on the network.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came out heavily against the network after they invited her to appear on a town hall, calling it a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”
Gillibrand’s criticism wasn’t as intense as her opponent’s, but she still questioned Fox News’ ability to produce honest reporting.
“I believe all of us have a responsibility to talk about the facts,” she said. “The facts are that women in this country have had a constitutional right for over 30 years to make this fundamental life and death decision. And this president has emboldened legislatures in 30 states to begin to criminalize that decision.”