Dem Candidates Seeking Broader Mainstream Appeal Find Success on Fox News

‘You can … rally all the Zabar’s-eating, Starbucks-drinking, associate professors, but most of the rest of the country thinks those people are whack-a-doo….’

Democrats Hoping to Secure 2020 Victory By Appealing to Voters on Fox News

Pete Buttigieg / IMAGE: Fox News

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Democratic presidential hopefuls are hoping to secure their victory against President Donald Trump by appearing on his favorite network, Fox News.

Several Democratic candidates have appeared on the channel’s town hall events recently, including Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

These candidates have risked alienating leftist activists to appeal to a larger voter base.

“It is very tough to win an American election and concede blue-collar, middle-class votes,” Rory McShane, a Las Vegas-based Republican strategist told the Associated Press. “And they don’t watch MSNBC. They watch Fox News.”

Other candidates, however, like Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., have refused to appear on the right-leaning network, with Warren calling it a “hate-for-profit racket.”

Additionally, claiming—without evidence—that the network maintained an inappropriate coziness with the Trump White House, the Democratic National Committee blacklisted Fox entirely from hosting any of its primary debates.

Still, enough Democrats have used Fox as an opportunity to spread their campaign messages that Trump has taken notice.

“What’s going on with Fox, by the way? What’s going on there? They’re putting more Democrats on than you have Republicans,” Trump said Monday at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. “Something strange is going on at Fox, folks.”

So far, the Democrats who have participated in Fox News town halls have been largely successful.

Buttigieg’s event there drew in more viewers than MSNBC’s and CNN’s combined. He even fund-raised off the appearance: “If we ignore the viewers of Fox News and every news platform that doesn’t share our worldview, we will surrender our ability to speak directly to millions of Americans voters,” he wrote in an email to supporters.

Buttigieg noted that many Democrats weren’t pleased he chose to appear on Fox.

“A lot of folks in my party were critical of me for even doing this,” he said during his town hall.

He added, “I get where that’s coming from,” going on to blast Fox hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham for their views on immigration.

McShane, the GOP consultant, said Buttigieg is right to recognize that Fox represents a larger audience, even if he doesn’t agree with everything Democratic presidential hopefuls have to say.

“You can be Elizabeth Warren and rally all the Zabar’s-eating, Starbucks-drinking, associate professors,” he said. “But most of the rest of the country thinks those people are whack-a-doo.”