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 ButtigiegButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Overnight Health Care: Cigarette smoking rates at new low | Spread of vaping illness slowing | Dems in Congress push to block Trump abortion rule Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field 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) WallaceChris Wallace: Taylor testimony 'very damaging to President Trump' Republicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Intelligence panel Democrat: 'I think we will end up calling' some witnesses on GOP list 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 WarrenButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Following school shooting, Biden speaks out: 'We have to protect these kids' 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 HarrisBiden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Overnight Health Care: Cigarette smoking rates at new low | Spread of vaping illness slowing | Dems in Congress push to block Trump abortion rule Democratic senators introduce bill to push ICE to stop 'overuse' of solitary confinement 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 SandersButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean Klobuchar 2020 Democrats demand action on guns after Santa Clarita shooting Hillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal MORE (D-Minn.) have already appeared in town halls on the network. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMaloney primary challenger calls on her to return, donate previous campaign donations from Trump Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee She Should Run launches initiative to expand number of women in political process MORE (D-N.Y.) also has plans to participate in one.