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 BlasioMayor accuses de Blasio of dumping New York's homeless in Newark Conservatives must absolutely talk politics at the Thanksgiving table Booker campaign announces six-figure ad buy to qualify for December debate MORE, a Democratic presidential hopeful, defended his decision to appear on Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityImpeachment puts spotlight on Georgia Republican eyeing Senate Hannity urges listeners to call Georgia governor over Senate pick bucking Trump Buttigieg campaign adviser defends Biden amid outcry over viral photo of him biting wife's finger 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 WarrenGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary LGBTQ advocates slam Buttigieg for past history with Salvation Army Saagar Enjeti unpacks why Kamala Harris's campaign didn't work 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 SandersGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Sanders to join youth climate strikers in Iowa Saagar Enjeti unpacks why Kamala Harris's campaign didn't work MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKrystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates Teamsters to host presidential forum with six 2020 Democrats Democrats hit gas on impeachment MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary LGBTQ advocates slam Buttigieg for past history with Salvation Army Poll: 2020 general election remains wide open 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 TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report 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.