De Blasio defends decision to appear on Fox's Hannity: We shouldn't stereotype 'millions of Americans who are watching'

De Blasio defends decision to appear on Fox's Hannity: We shouldn't stereotype 'millions of Americans who are watching'
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioMacy's will still hold Thanksgiving Day Parade amid pandemic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday New York City to add COVID-19 checkpoints at bridges, crossings MORE, a Democratic presidential hopeful, defended his decision to appear on Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityParents of Seth Rich reach undisclosed settlement with Fox News Palin responds to Obama: 'He is a purveyor of untruths' The evolution of cable TV news — after Donald Trump MORE's Fox News program this week, arguing that "millions and millions of Americans are watching" the network and its viewers "are not a monolith." 

“Millions and millions of Americans are watching and we shouldn’t stereotype them," de Blasio told NY1, a local cable news station in New York City, on Monday. "A lot of those folks watching are working people who are listening to change in one form or another. And I think it's important to challenge those right-wing voices. And while we're having a presidential election, we have to speak to all of America."


De Blasio was also asked by host Errol Louis if he agreed with the criticism of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (D-Mass.), another presidential candidate, who branded Fox News as a "hate-for-profit" channel. Warren refused to sit down for any interviews or town hall events on the network even though several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MORE (D), did.

"I respect Elizabeth Warren, but I disagree with that," de Blasio said before later adding that Fox News viewers are "not a monolith."

"A lot of them are people who hear ideas and might change their minds," he said.

De Blasio's interview with Hannity is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 p.m. 

Hannity's program has consistently finished as the most watched show in cable news in 2019.

The staunch supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE averaged 3.3 million total viewers in July while also finishing at the top of the key 25- to 54-year-old demographic advertisers covet most by averaging 527,000 viewers in the category.

De Blasio's comments come as he struggles in the polls, averaging just 0.2 percent support in the RealClearPolitics index. He has not yet met the criteria to qualify for the third Democratic primary debates, set for September.

Updated at 10:18 a.m.