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 WarrenSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' 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 ClintonThe Memo: Polls flash warning signs for Trump Polls suggest Sanders may be underestimated 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall MORE to describe President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 SandersSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' 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 KlobucharSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Harris to appear in CNN climate town hall after backlash 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 CarlsonWhy target Tucker Carlson? It's part of the left's war on the right Carlson calls racism one of nation's problems, says people should 'calm down' Trump lashes out at Fox News's Shep Smith, says 'fake news CNN is better' MORE and Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamChris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Trump retweets baby elephant video Fox News closes out July as most-watched cable network for 37th straight month 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 BidenTop adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' 'Forever war' slogans short-circuit the scrutiny required of national security choices 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 GillibrandSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Sanders unveils plan to double union membership in first term The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden expands lead in new national poll MORE (D-N.Y.) is slated to appear on the next Fox News town hall on June 2.