Presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) won't be appearing on Fox News any time soon.
Warren has met with crowds both big and small to talk about her presidential plans, which include student loan debt relief and taxing the very rich. Town hall meetings are her jam. They allow her to connect with her constituents and bolster her grassroots campaign for the 2020 presidential election.
But she turned down an invitation to do a town hall on Fox News, calling them a "hate-for-profit racket."
Read her tweet, below:
Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists—it’s designed to turn us a… https://t.co/qXITYlhwEs— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1557846199.0
Hate-for-profit works only if there’s profit, so Fox News balances a mix of bigotry, racism, and outright lies with… https://t.co/qVfP5TX3sX— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1557846199.0
Here’s one place we can fight back: I won’t ask millions of Democratic primary voters to tune into an outlet that p… https://t.co/qKP0j98SEV— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1557846199.0
I’ve done 57 media avails and 131 interviews, taking over 1,100 questions from press just since January. Fox News i… https://t.co/QmvQ7MfvPM— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1557846200.0
People everywhere applauded.
@ewarren https://t.co/C6WYmJzrtk— Jim Benton (@Jim Benton)1557857175.0
@ewarren Every time Elizabeth Warren speaks she shows just exactly why she's the leader we need. Thank you for the… https://t.co/aOurOAdj49— [existential dread] (@[existential dread])1557847974.0
@ewarren Thank you for taking a stand.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa Milano)1557847381.0
@ewarren 'Hate-For-Profit' racket - You nailed it. Fox should replace their Fair and Balanced tag with this. Then a… https://t.co/fGYl05kPpd— Brandon Horan (@Brandon Horan)1557848066.0
Fox News, a favorite of Donald Trump, exemplifies the political corruption she opposes. "A Fox News town hall adds money to the hate-for-profit machine," Warren tweeted. "To which I say: hard pass."
@ewarren https://t.co/lT1Vn9BQ1G— I Drink and I Know Things 💁🏻♀️🍻🐰 (@I Drink and I Know Things 💁🏻♀️🍻🐰)1557859409.0
@ewarren https://t.co/Yz0qOtTY8j— Colleen Scott 🇺🇸🇮🇪 (@Colleen Scott 🇺🇸🇮🇪)1557859279.0
Warren upped the ante a few hours later, starting a petition specifically aimed at Fox News.
"I won’t do a town hall with Fox News because I won’t invite millions of Democratic primary voters to tune in, inflate ratings, and help sell ads for an outlet that profits from racism and hate," said Warren. "If you agree, sign our petition."
I won’t do a town hall with Fox News because I won’t invite millions of Democratic primary voters to tune in, infla… https://t.co/0CcSeSHMTe— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1557855293.0
@ewarren I love you more every minute that goes by.— tara (@tara)1557855359.0
@ewarren thank you ma'am. https://t.co/neBsNReEFR— Rebecca Schoenkopf, Wonkette Editrix, King Of You (@Rebecca Schoenkopf, Wonkette Editrix, King Of You)1557855375.0
Fox News has invited other Democratic presidential candidates to town halls moderated by their news reporters. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar have already participated, and both Pete Buttigieg and Kirsten Gillibrand are on the roster.
Warren says that Fox News is welcome to come to her events, just like any other news outlet. But she won't support the network by making an appearance. "Hate-for-profit works only if there’s profit," she said, "so Fox News balances a mix of bigotry, racism, and outright lies with enough legit journalism to make the claim to advertisers that it’s a reputable news outlet."
"It’s all about dragging in ad money—big ad money."
@ewarren https://t.co/AAXqVeTO55— Thomas Swords (@Thomas Swords)1557860043.0
@ewarren @PamKeithFL E Dub is making this REAL. Now maybe we get serious about getting advertisers to drop this fake news channel.— ESB52 (@ESB52)1557862265.0
@ewarren This does it for me. I’m with you. All in.— Resist (@Resist)1557859418.0
Warren's campaign slogan is "I've got a plan for that" - and Fox News isn't part of it.