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 BlasioHochul raises .6 million since launching gubernatorial campaign De Blasio says he won't run for New York governor Watershed moment in NYC: New law allows noncitizens to vote MORE, a Democratic presidential hopeful, defended his decision to appear on Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityMcEnany says Biden's press conference 'most delusional' she's ever seen The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden clarifies his remarks on Russia Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for 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 WarrenDemocrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service Trump by the numbers: 2024 isn't simple 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 SandersFilibuster becomes new litmus test for Democrats Gallego says he's been approached about challenging Sinema Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharEffort to overhaul archaic election law wins new momentum Hillicon Valley — Senate panel advances major antitrust bill Senate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks Airlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports 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 TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case 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.