Gillibrand campaign selling 'not very polite' merchandise after spat with Fox News anchor

The 2020 Democratic presidential campaign for Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDemocrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission Harris, Nadler introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana Gillibrand says she doesn't regret calling for Franken to resign MORE (D-N.Y.) is selling merchandise following an exchange in which Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceNadler has privately voiced support for impeachment inquiry against Trump: report Trump tweets, rally chant dominate Sunday shows as president continues attacks Sunday shows - Fallout over Trump tweets MORE said she wasn’t "very polite" to the network.

The campaign on Monday began selling a canvas tote for $20 featuring the quote "frankly, not very polite" emblazoned across the front. Gillibrand also added "not 'very polite'" to her Twitter bio. 

The New York senator on Sunday appeared in a Fox News town hall moderated by Wallace. While answering a question from a retired neonatal nurse about third-trimester abortion, Gillibrand took aim at the news network for its coverage of infanticide, which she said doesn't exist. 

The comment sparked Wallace to say that he wasn't sure Gillibrand's criticism was "frankly very polite."


"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 TrumpDonald John Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota MORE gave his State of the Union, Fox News talked about infanticide. Infanticide doesn't exist," Gillibrand said, prompting Wallace to take issue with her criticism of the network. 

"I just want to say, we've brought you here for an hour. We're treating you very fairly. I understand that maybe to make your credentials with the Democrats who are not appearing on Fox News, you're going to attack us," Wallace said. "I'm not sure it's frankly very polite when we've invited you to be here." 

Gillibrand replied that she'd "do it in a polite way" before Wallace asked her to answer the question instead of talking about Fox News. 

"The debate about whether or not women should have reproductive freedom has turned into a red herring debate," she said.
"And what happens on Fox News is relevant because they talked about infanticide for 6.5 hours ... right before President Trump's State of the Union, mentioned it 35 times. That is not the debate of what access to reproductive care is in this country. It doesn't happen. It's illegal. It's not a fact. And I believe all of us have a responsibility to talk about facts," she added.
Gillibrand's appearance at a Fox News town hall, which averaged 834,000 viewers, according to early Nielsen Media Research numbers shared by the network, came as many 2020 Democratic presidential contenders weigh the benefits of appearing on Fox News. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Warren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission Equifax breach settlement sparks criticism The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Mueller ahead of testimony MORE (D-Minn.), and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Biden announces plan to counteract mass incarceration Nashville radio host blocked by employer from airing his interview with Buttigieg MORE have appeared at the network's town halls.