Bernie Sanders took a good deal of flack for appearing on a Fox News town hall, with many on the left arguing that it legitimized a network devoted to dangerous right-wing propaganda, but most of that flack came before the actual event. When it went down, it was judged a success for Sanders, so much so that Trump got mad on Twitter. But now that original criticism has returned to the forefront, and it comes from an unlikely source: Elizabeth Warren.
Warren was invited to take part in a similar town hall, and in a Twitter thread Tuesday, she explained her reasons for rejecting it outright:
By calling Fox News a “hate-for-profit racket,” and asserting that anyone who participates in a Democratic town hall gives the network cover with potential sponsors and helps their business model (“that profits from racism and hate”), she’s taking a pretty direct shot at Sanders, one of her chief adversaries in the primary. Which isn’t to say she doesn’t believe what she’s saying—only that her ethical stand doubles as an attack on the other leftist candidate, whose supporters she will need if she has any hope of challenging for the nomination.
This is the first real sign of even a subtle attack between Warren and Sanders, and it will be interesting to see how it changes the tone of the campaign for two senators who have routinely expressed mutual respect.