New York Times reporter: Warren's anti-Fox News argument 'tiptoes dangerously close to deplorables'

New York Times reporter: Warren's anti-Fox News argument 'tiptoes dangerously close to deplorables'
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New York Times political reporter Lisa Lerer said Monday that an argument by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump says he'll watch Democratic debate while en route to Japan 'because I have to' The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? 5 things to watch in the Democratic debates MORE (D-Mass), a 2020 White House hopeful, against appearing on Fox News "tiptoes dangerously close to deplorables," a term used by former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton5 things to watch in the Democratic debates Democrats leery of Sanders plan to cancel student loan debt Mellman: Are primary debates different? MORE to describe President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama MORE's voters in 2016.

"There is this big debate as you alluded in the Democratic Party about whether or not to go on Fox at all," Lerer told CNN anchor Kate Bolduan. "Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic National Committee, say it’s not something Democrats should do because by going on Fox, Democrats are just helping this network that vilifies them every day nonstop make money."

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"And then you have the flip side, which is Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump says he'll watch Democratic debate while en route to Japan 'because I have to' The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? 5 things to watch in the Democratic debates MORE (I-Vt.), [South Bend, Ind.] Mayor [Pete] Buttigieg, saying we need to reach people where they are," Lerer, also a CNN contributor, continued, referring to two others candidates in the Democratic presidential field.

"And there is some concern with the Warren argument that it tiptoes dangerously close to deplorables, that phrase that got Hillary Clinton in so much trouble during the last election, so you don’t want to sort of vilify people, even if you’re trying to vilify the network."

Lerer's perspective comes after Warren declared she wouldn't appear on a Fox News town hall because the network is a "hate-for-profit racket."

Other 2020 Democratic hopefuls have appeared on Fox News town halls, however, including Sanders, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocrats leery of Sanders plan to cancel student loan debt Pressure builds to secure health care data Hillicon Valley: Investigation finds federal agencies failed to address cyber vulnerabilities | Officials crack down on illegal robocallers | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Senators grill Google exec on 'persuasive technology' MORE (D-Minn.) and Buttigieg, who was featured in a live event from New Hampshire on Sunday night.

Buttigieg said during the Fox News town hall that many Democrats were critical of his appearance before noting controversial remarks made by Fox News hosts Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonPoll: 24 percent of voters want military action against Iran Hannity promises Trump would 'bomb the hell out of' Iran following downing of US drone Tucker Carlson: GOP tax law 'far better deal for corporate America' than middle class MORE and Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamUS officials tracking influence operations on social media from Russia, Iran GOP senators divided over approach to election security Ingraham dismisses reparations: 'We won, you lost' MORE.

"I get where that's coming from, especially when you see what goes on with some of the opinion hosts on this network," Buttigieg said.

"When you’ve got Tucker Carlson saying that immigrants make America dirty. When you’ve got Laura Ingraham comparing detention centers with children in cages to summer camps. There is a reason why anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem," he added.

Buttigieg is polling at 7 percent in the RealClearPolitics polling index, more than 31 points behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll watch Democratic debate while en route to Japan 'because I have to' The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? 5 things to watch in the Democratic debates MORE in the race for the Democratic nomination.

The 37-year-old mayor is the third Democratic presidential candidate to appear on Fox News in a town hall format.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats Gambling website offers bets ahead of Democrats' first debate New York doctor says marijuana should 'absolutely' be taken off controlled substance list MORE (D-N.Y.) is slated to appear on the next Fox News town hall on June 2.