MSNBC weekend host Donny Deutsch argued that Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren should go on Fox News, during a Thursday appearance on “Deadline.”
His comments came hours after the presidential candidate published a Twitter thread in which she attacked the network and announced she would not go on it.
“As far as Elizabeth Warren, I want to push back in that my feeling is every Democratic candidate’s job, one, is to win and to beat Trump. It’s great in theory to say, ‘Come to my events.’ The overwhelming majority of the people watching MSNBC, they are blue. They just are. And if you want to convert, you’ve got to go into enemy territory. That’s what was very smart—” Deutsch stated before being cut off.
Center for American Progress Action Fund campaign director Juanita Tolliver pushed back on Deutsch’s claim, suggesting that “she’s doing that already.” (RELATED: Elizabeth Warren Immediately Fundraises Off Of Dissing Fox News)
He countered, “The events, once again, that’s built in. People who are coming to her events are people who are already built into ‘I want to choose a Democrat.'”
Tolliver then brought up a Warren rally-goer from West Virginia who was not sold on Warren to prove her point that not all attendees are full supporters for that candidate.
“If I want to win an election and I need to turn some Trump voters just as a marketer, I’m going where they are,” Deutsch added. “You’re not putting an extra dollar in Fox’s pocket.”
Nicolle Wallace chimed in, “You may not agree with Elizabeth Warren, but you know exactly where she stands. I don’t know where Amy Klobuchar stands, if you went on there –I don’t know where Bernie stands on Fox News. I don’t know if they believe what she believes. I think believing and calling out Fox News as a purveyor of hate is a powerful message, beyond just the Democratic primary voters.”
I love town halls. I’ve done more than 70 since January, and I’m glad to have a television audience be a part of them. Fox News has invited me to do a town hall, but I’m turning them down—here’s why…
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 14, 2019
Warren tweeted Tuesday that “Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists — 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.”