Gillibrand campaign selling ‘not very polite’ merchandise after spat with Fox News anchor | TheHill – The Hill

The 2020 Democratic presidential campaign for Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand spars with Fox News anchor over abortion coverage Gillibrand: ‘The NRA is the worst organization in this country’ With debates on horizon, Democrats sharpen attack lines MORE (D-N.Y.) is selling merchandise following an exchange in which Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceGillibrand spars with Fox News anchor over abortion coverage Swalwell says he’s told colleagues to ‘prepare for impeachment’ Fox’s Chris Wallace challenges Graham over past comments on ignoring subpoenas MORE said she wasn’t “very polite” to the network.

The campaign on Monday began selling a canvas tote for $20 featuring the quote “frankly, not very polite” emblazoned across the front. Gillibrand also added “not ‘very polite'” to her Twitter bio. 

The New York senator on Sunday appeared in a Fox News town hall moderated by Wallace. While answering a question from a retired neonatal nurse about third-trimester abortion, Gillibrand took aim at the news network for its coverage of infanticide, which she said doesn’t exist. 

The comment sparked Wallace to say that he wasn’t sure Gillibrand’s criticism was “frankly very polite.”

“What we have created, unfortunately, is a false choice and a false narrative. And Chris, I want to talk about the role that Fox News plays in this because it’s a problem. I can tell you before President TrumpDonald John TrumpHead of Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers to depart administration The Guardian editorial board says Trump is ‘not welcome’ in U.K. ahead of his first state visit Kushner casts doubt on the ability of Palestinians to govern themselves MORE gave his State of the Union, Fox News talked about infanticide. Infanticide doesn’t exist,” Gillibrand said, prompting Wallace to take issue with her criticism of the network. 

“I just want to say, we’ve brought you here for an hour. We’re treating you very fairly. I understand that maybe to make your credentials with the Democrats who are not appearing on Fox News, you’re going to attack us,” Wallace said. “I’m not sure it’s frankly very polite when we’ve invited you to be here.” 

Gillibrand replied that she’d “do it in a polite way” before Wallace asked her to answer the question instead of talking about Fox News. 

Gillibrand’s appearance at a Fox News town hall, which averaged 834,000 viewers, according to early Nielsen Media Research numbers shared by the network, came as many 2020 Democratic presidential contenders weigh the benefits of appearing on Fox News. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez tells 2020 Democrat John Delaney to ‘please sashay away’ With debates on horizon, Democrats sharpen attack lines How old is ‘too old’ to run for president? MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOn The Money: Trump hits Mexico with new tariffs over immigration | White House starts clock on approval for new NAFTA | Third House Republican blocks disaster aid bill Warren: I won’t help Fox News ‘raise money off my name’ by doing town hall Castro to participate in Fox News town hall MORE (D-Minn.), and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg gets emotional when responding to 2nd grader on how to keep school safe With debates on horizon, Democrats sharpen attack lines O’Rourke ‘not disappointed’ by campaign start MORE have appeared at the network’s town halls. 
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWith debates on horizon, Democrats sharpen attack lines How old is ‘too old’ to run for president? Top Dems tread carefully on impeachment MORE (D-Mass.) said last month that Fox News was a “hate-for-profit machine,” adding that she would never appear in a town hall hosted by the network. 

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