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 BlasioDe Blasio brushes off low poll numbers: 'The vast majority of Democratic voters are going to make their decision late' NYPD fires officer in Eric Garner case Senate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility MORE, a Democratic presidential hopeful, defended his decision to appear on Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTrump calls Juan Williams 'pathetic,' 'always nasty and wrong' Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Maher stands by recession remarks: 'Very worth' getting rid of 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."

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De Blasio was also asked by host Errol Louis if he agreed with the criticism of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Panel: Jill Biden's campaign message 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 SandersHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' The exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders leads Democratic field in Colorado poll Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado Castro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates 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 TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems 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.