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

The 2020 Democratic presidential campaign for Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandBombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Gabbard calls for congressional inquiry over Afghanistan war report Overnight Defense: Bombshell report reveals officials misled public over progress in Afghanistan | Amazon accuses Trump of 'improper pressure' in Pentagon contract decision | House Judiciary holds final impeachment hearing MORE (D-N.Y.) is selling merchandise following an exchange in which Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace: Allegations against Trump 'far broader than the Clinton impeachment' Fox's Chris Wallace: IG report headline is 'It didn't find the things that Bill Barr and Donald Trump alleged' Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests 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."

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"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 TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech 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 SandersTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Overnight Defense: Dems unveil impeachment articles against Trump | Saudi military flight students grounded after shooting | Defense bill takes heat from progressives | Pentagon watchdog to probe use of personnel on border MORE (D-Minn.), and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll MORE have appeared at the network's town halls.