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Bernie's Rock Star Treatment During Fox News Town Hall Has 2020 Dems Considering Doing Their Own

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After Sen. Bernie Sanders received rock star treatment and crushed ratings during his Fox News town hall on Monday, other Democrats hoping to be the next president are considering their own town halls with Fox.

Despite the presidential-debate boycott against Fox News by the Democratic National Committee, Sanders’ appearance at the event went surprisingly well for the self-described socialist.

Sanders received warm applause from the audience, and Fox News anchor Brett Baier treated the senator to a series of softball questions.

Even President Donald Trump took note of Sanders’ “smiley and nice” treatment on the network.

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The Sanders town hall absolutely destroyed the other cable news networks in ratings, according to Fox numbers, and is now the most successful town hall of this election cycle.

Should Fox News challenge Democrats more?

Possibly because Fox News bizarrely awarded Sanders with so much positive publicity and almost no difficult questions, other 2020 Democrat hopefuls like South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Rep. Eric Swalwell are considering a Fox News town hall.

“Mayor Buttigieg’s team is in talks with Fox News to do a televised town hall, a Buttigieg campaign official says,” NBC News tweeted Tuesday, just a day after Sanders’ Fox appearance.

A Swalwell representative told The Daily Beast that “he’s willing to do a Fox town hall, and we expect to start discussions with the network soon regarding a time and place.”

Another 2020 Democrat hopeful, Andrew Yang, who previously appeared on “The Ben Shapiro Show,” also said he would be willing to make an appearance on Fox News.

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It’s great that some Democrats are willing to give Fox News a chance after the DNC refused to give the network a primary debate. The party already has plenty of discord, but a litte more can’t hurt.

Still, it could be a worrying trend if other Democratic town halls go the same way as Sanders’ did.

Sanders has plenty to answer for from conservative critics, but had easy questions and an even easier audience.

The senator was not challenged by the moderators nearly as much as one would expect from Fox News.

If Fox News is going to host more Democrats, the moderators should challenge them on their ridiculous proposals instead of giving them an uninterrupted platform to spew socialist rhetoric.

That isn’t what Fox News audiences are looking for.

But it’s what CNN and the rest of the mainstream media serve up every day.

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Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a background in history, education and philosophy. He has led multiple conservative groups and is dedicated to the principles of free speech, privacy and peace.
Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a passion for free speech, privacy and peace. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in History. While at Wooster, he served as the Treasurer for the Wooster Conservatives and the Vice President for the Young Americans for Liberty.
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