Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday that she had turned down an invitation to appear at a presidential town hall meeting hosted by Fox News, an outlet she characterized as “a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”
The decision by Warren (D-Mass.), which was announced on Twitter, underscored divisions among the crowded field of Democratic White House hopefuls about how to treat a cable network with a clear conservative bent but a sizable audience.
Fox News has hosted town hall events this year for Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). It has others in the works with other Democratic contenders, including South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.).
Earlier this year, the Democratic National Committee announced that it would exclude Fox News from hosting any of its 2020 candidate debates, with DNC Chairman Tom Perez saying the network could not be trusted to host “a fair or neutral debate.”
In her tweets, Warren said Fox News was “designed to turn us against each other, risking life and death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class.”
Warren suggested she is not trying to duck scrutiny.
“I’ve done 57 media avails and 131 interviews, taking over 1,100 questions from press just since January,” she wrote. “Fox News is welcome to come to my events just like any other outlet. But a Fox News town hall adds money to the hate-for-profit machine. To which I say: hard pass.”
A Fox News spokeswoman declined to comment.