Daily Kos founder: Democratic presidential candidates giving Fox News town halls ‘a mistake’ – By Dorothy He (Daily Kos) / April 17 2019
On Tuesday, Markos Moulitsas joined Chuck Todd on Meet the Press Daily to share his thoughts on Bernie Sanders’s town hall on Fox News, Pete Buttigieg’s rapid rise, and what it all means for the Democratic presidential primary. According to Moulitsas, Sanders’s appearance on Fox—and Buttigieg being in talks to appear on Fox—are concerning especially because “[Trump] clearly believes the network is his, and it’s operated as such … it has basically become his propaganda arm.”
As recently as yesterday, Trump even referred to the network in first person (“we” having Donna Brazile refers to the former DNC chair joining the network recently as a paid contributor).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 16, 2019
You can view a short clip, as well as the full segment, after the jump.
ICYMI: Should more Democrats follow Bernie Sanders and reach out to the Fox News audience? #MTPDaily@Markos: "It's actually a smart move for him personally, but it just goes to show once again that he's not a team player." pic.twitter.com/KrGeAWr7uS
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) April 17, 2019
Moulitsas also had a lot to say about the rise of Mayor Pete and his viability as a candidate:
“This is a world where a viral moment can decide who the next rising star is. Mayor Pete has an incredible resume. He is clearly very smart, he’s got great framing, he communicates well. So he’s doing a lot of the things that I think you need. I’m a critic because of his lack of expertise. I mean, he’s a small-town, liberal college mayor. I’m not sure that’s the step towards the presidency. Just because Donald Trump broke politics doesn’t mean that Democrats need to follow suit. But, that said, he injects something fresh and new and exciting into the race, and that has its own value. And whether it has lasting power or not, I think he’s motivating people, and to me that’s the most important factor moving ahead: do you motivate people? Whether I agree or not is irrelevant—are liberals fired up and organizing? And I think that Pete Buttigieg is doing a great job at that.”
Watch the full segment here: