Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand tried to continue the trend of 2020 hopefuls accepting an invitation to appear on a Fox News town hall only to then bash the network—or rather, she tried.
Fox News host Chris Wallace abruptly shutdown Gillibrand as she was midsentence, intending to slam Fox News and their conservative positions, the Washington Examiner reports.
Taking a question from an audience member on late-term or final trimester abortions, Gillibrand said she believed it was a woman’s choice to decide if she should get an abortion.
The Democrat said the media has created a “false choice” or “false narrative” concerning the issue. She then said she wanted to talk about “the role Fox News plays” in spreading the message of infanticide—or a post-birth abortion. This idea has been publicly supported by Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.
“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. Infanticide, it doesn’t exist,” she said before Wallace interjected.
“Senator, I just want to say, we’ve brought you here for an hour,” the Fox News host said. “We are treating you very fairly.”
He continued: “I understand that may be to make your credentials with the Democrats who are not appearing on Fox News, you’re going to attack us. I’m not sure, it’s frankly not very polite when we’ve invited you to be here.
“Instead of talking about Fox News, why don’t you answer the question that’s been asked,” Wallace added.
The Washington Examiner reports:
After Wallace told her to answer the question, Gillibrand said she would only criticize the network in a “polite way.”
The senator continued, saying the network was important to the debate on abortion because they talked about infanticide for 6.5 hours before the 2019 State of the Union. She said that infanticide “doesn’t happen” and is illegal and “not a fact.”
Gillibrand then started yelling about states like Alabama and Georgia which passed abortion restrictions, stating she didn’t “understand it” and that the laws undermine “every human right, civil right that we could have.”
Politico called the town hall “scrappy” as Wallace challenged Gillibrand on prior policy positions, including Gillibrand’s complete change on some issues.
Gillibrand’s comments come on the heels of fellow Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg appearing on Fox News where he openly criticized the network and their hosts. Other Democratic candidates Elizabeth Warren ad Kamala Harris have announced they do not wish to appear on the network for a town hall.