Elizabeth Warren Refuses Fox News Town Hall Invite, Blasts Network in a Barrage of Tweets

May 14, 2019 Updated: May 14, 2019

Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has taken to social media to announce that she has turned down an offer to do a town hall with Fox News, taking the opportunity to lambaste the media outlet.

“Fox News has invited me to do a town hall, but I’m turning them down—here’s why … 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 & death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class,” she wrote as part of the series of tweets she posted on May 14.

Since January, the Massachusetts Democrat said she has done 57 media avails and 131 interviews as part of her campaign.

Compared to her fellow Democratic candidates, Warren decided to do things differently by rejecting Fox News’s invite to participate in the town hall that is moderated by the network’s reporters and calling for her supporters to take a stand against the media outlet by signing a petition.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have already participated in a town hall, while Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) are expected to participate soon.

Despite criticizing the network, she said Fox News is still welcome to attend her campaign events, adding that “but a Fox News town hall adds money to the hate-for-profit machine. To which I say: hard pass.”

Warren formally announced her bid for president on Feb. 9 where she called for a fight against economic inequality and to build “an America that works for everyone.” The candidate participated in two CNN town hall meetings earlier in the year.

At one of the meetings in March, she said she would back a plan to abolish the Electoral College and replace it with a system based on the national popular vote.

“My view is that every vote matters,” Warren said in Jackson, the state’s capital, in the middle of a three-day swing through the South. “And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College—and every vote counts.”

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