Sen. Bernie Sanders will hold a town hall on Fox News, breaking with the Democratic National Committee’s decision to distance itself from the pro-Trump network.
The town hall will take place April 15 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and focus on the economy and jobs.
Bernie’s decision to participate in a Fox News town hall is sure to be controversial. The DNC said last month that it would not partner with the network to host any Democratic primary debates in light of a New Yorker report that detailed how the Fox not only supported Trump but suppressed negative coverage.
“The network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates,” DNC head Tom Perez said in March.
Bernie’s supporters are defending him, pointing out that when he appeared on Fox News as a presidential candidate back in 2016, he had some major standout moments, including getting red-state Trump voters to applaud his policy ideas.
Fox News’ Bret Baier asked Bernie in 2016 what in the world made him believe health care was a human right.
“Being a human being,” Bernie responded. “I believe that if she is poor and you are rich, she is entitled to the same quality health care that you have because she is a human being.”
Thus far, Sanders is the only candidate with an announced town hall on Fox News, but another 2020 candidate, Pete Buttigieg, has also expressed an interest in appearing on the conservative news network. In an appearance on “The View” last month, Buttigieg said it was important to leverage Fox News' massive audience to explain his viewpoints.
“There are so many viewers who may never hear what our party has to say at all if we’re never going on those channels and explaining what we believe,”Buttigieg said.
Cover image: Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a campaign rally at the Great Meadow Park in Fort Mason on March 24, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)