'Fox & Friends' Hosts Applauds Bill Maher for Criticizing Democrats Over Their Refusal to Appear on Fox News

Fox & Friends hosts on Saturday applauded HBO's Real Time host and liberal comedian Bill Maher for criticizing Democrats over their decision to reject Fox News' offer to host a Democratic presidential primary debate and their refusal to make appearances on the cable news network.

"New rule: Grow a pair," Maher said during his show on Friday. "Last week, the Democrats made a terrible decision when they announced that they had turned down Fox News's offer to host one of their 2020 primary debates, saying that Fox was nothing more than propaganda. OK, so why not go on Fox News and tell them that?"

"You wanna be in the big leagues, but you refuse to ever play an away game? You don't like the questions that Fox News might ask, so you're deciding not to take any questions at all? How very Trump of you," Maher added, referencing the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) decision earlier this month to avoid the network, citing reports of the network's "inappropriate relationship" with President Donald Trump as the reason.

In response, Trump threatened to "do the same thing" to other news networks during the general election debates. "Democrats just blocked @FoxNews from holding a debate," he tweeted at the time. "Good, then I think I'll do the same thing with the Fake News Networks and the Radical Left Democrats in the General Election debates!"

During a segment on Fox & Friends on Saturday, host Ed Henry encouraged Maher's criticisms.

"How much truth he's speaking to his own party about the resistance movement being a bunch of wimps—not actually getting in and fighting on ideas, for example, just taking cheap shots," Henry said.

Co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy also pointed out that while many Democrats refuse to appear on Fox News, Republicans often give interviews and participate in discussions on CNN and MSNBC. "It's not just on [Maher's] show that Republicans are willing to go on," she explained.

"Most of the media is very liberal, and conservative Republican members of Congress are very accustomed to going on to CNN and MSNBC and ABC and taking tough questions, and yet the Democrats are afraid to do that."

Bill Maher Performs During New York Comedy Festival at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2016 in New York City. "Fox & Friends" hosts on Saturday applauded Maher's criticisms of Democrats over their refusal to appear on Fox News. Getty/Nicholas Hunt