Buttigieg condemns 'voices on Fox' for spreading 'fear' and 'lies' ahead of town hall appearance

Buttigieg condemns 'voices on Fox' for spreading 'fear' and 'lies' ahead of town hall appearance

Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSunday shows preview: Trump ratchets up trade war with China Democratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates MORE (D) condemned Fox News opinion hosts who "spread fear and lies" while explaining why he is appearing on the network for a town hall Sunday night. 

"There’s been a lot of debate recently about whether Democratic presidential candidates should go on Fox News," the South Bend, Ind. mayor said in an email released by his campaign late Saturday. "First, let me be clear: I strongly condemn the voices on Fox and in the media that uncritically amplify hate and the divisive sort of politics that gave rise to this presidency."

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Buttigieg is scheduled to appear in a Fox News town hall moderated by anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceSunday shows - White House stresses Trump's determination in China trade fight as GOP challenger emerges Klobuchar knocks Trump: 'This negotiating by tweet hasn't been working' Mnuchin: Trump's 'as determined as ever' on China trade fight MORE on Sunday at 7 p.m. Buttigieg said that he had pledged to appear on the network because of the opportunity to promote his message to millions of viewers who likely have different policy opinions than him. 

"Just because many of these opinion hosts don’t operate in good faith, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t Fox viewers tuning in in good faith," Buttigieg said in the email. "If we ignore the viewers of Fox News and every news platform that doesn’t share our worldview, we will surrender our ability to speak directly to millions of American voters. If we don’t show up, the conservative media will tell our side of the story for us."

Fox News had not issued a comment on Buttigieg's remarks as of Sunday morning. 

The comments from Buttigieg came as several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates weigh the potential benefits of appearing on the conservative-friendly network. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy Sanders, Warren back major shift to fight drug overdoses Rendell: Biden 'baked in' as Democratic nominee MORE (D-Mass.) last week knocked Fox News as a "hate-for-profit machine" while saying that she would never appear in a town hall hosted by it. 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders doubles down on 'Medicare For All' defense: 'We have not changed one word' Obama reveals his summer playlist Democratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows MORE (D-Calif.) reportedly has no plans of appearing on the network for a town hall either. An aide to Harris's campaign told The Hill that the network has "reached out, but we haven't entertained it." 

But many 2020 candidates have taken a different stance on the issue. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy Sanders doubles down on 'Medicare For All' defense: 'We have not changed one word' Sanders, Warren back major shift to fight drug overdoses MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar knocks Trump: 'This negotiating by tweet hasn't been working' Sunday shows preview: Trump ratchets up trade war with China Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates MORE (D-Minn.) have already appeared in town halls on the network. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDemocratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate MORE (D-N.Y.) also has plans to participate in one.