‘A presidential candidate should be able to walk into any situation, walk into any fire, and have the confidence and the ability to put it out…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski slammed presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for turning down an invite to appear on a Fox News townhall, arguing that as a presidential candidate, Warren “should be able to walk into any fire.”
Warren attacked the right-leaning network in a Twitter rampage on Tuesday, labeling Fox News and its millions of viewers as hatemongers.
“Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists,” Warren wrote on Twitter.
“It’s designed to turn us against each other, risking life and death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class,” she said.
Brzezinski said Warren’s decision was cowardly and that Fox News has good journalists that would ask her tough but necessary questions.
She claimed Warren was right about her characterization of Fox News, but that shouldn’t stop her from appearing on the network.
“I think just because there are a bunch of good journalists who work there doesn’t erase what’s going on there,” Brzezinski said, “which one could argue is exactly as Elizabeth Warren describes it.”
She elaborated that she thought Fox News reflected “a direct connection from a corrupt president who is a racist, to megaphones, to people who parrot it, like a bunch of dupes.”
Even so, Brzezinski—who herself has maintained a personal feud with Trump—said that it was unpresidential of Warren to attempt to dodge the potentially hostile press for fear of what they might ask.
“I would argue that a presidential candidate should be able to walk into any situation, walk into any fire, and have the confidence and the ability to put it out by spreading the democratic values and his or her beliefs,” Brzezinski said.
“And I think they should go into Fox and do all the town halls they can do because Fox, you could argue, is smart to be doing these,” she added. “That is a sign of some sort of change, hopefully, or at least an opportunity for it.”
The other Democratic presidential candidates have flocked to Fox after Sen. Bernie Sanders’s, I-Vt., successful town hall. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., recently appeared on a town hall and other candidates, like South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., are scheduled to appear as well.