'What About Men?' Kirsten Gillibrand Shoots Down Fox News Town Hall Question About Gender Equality

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand shut down Fox News host Chris Wallace during a question about gender equality in a now-viral exchange from Sunday night's town hall event.

Gillibrand was asked by Wallace to elaborate on a tweet she posted in December 2018, which stated that "the future is female" and "intersectional." The social media post also stated that "we're just getting started" when it comes to gender equality.

"We want women to have a seat at the table," Gillibrand told Wallace about the tweet. The Fox News host immediately responded: "What about men?"

"They're already there—do you not know?" the New York senator responded, prompting applause from the audience. Gillibrand added that gender equality is "not meant to be exclusionary; it's meant to be inclusionary."

Wallace then retreated, stating: "All right, we're not threatened." Shortly after the exchange, Gillibrand's campaign team posted a video clip to Twitter with the caption: "What about men's seat at the table?"

What about men's seat at the table? #GillibrandTownHall pic.twitter.com/HIvMGc7hQM

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) June 3, 2019

Gillibrand is the fourth Democratic candidate to appear at a town hall meeting hosted by Fox News, joining Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar. Several other candidates, including Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, have refused to participate with the network citing reports of bias.

Another heated exchange between Gillibrand and Wallace came when the senator criticized the network for its coverage of abortion issues. When asked about late-term abortions, Gillibrand called out Fox News for what she said was their role in creating a "false narrative" about reproductive rights.

"Infanticide, it doesn't exist," she said. Wallace quickly interrupted, stating that the network had hosted her for over an hour and treated her fairly. He then added that he wasn't "sure it's frankly very polite" for her to condemn their coverage of the issue.

Gillibrand said she would be "polite" as she pressed on further, stating that infanticide "doesn't happen."

"It's illegal. It's not a fact. And I believe all of us have a responsibility to talk about the facts," she said, adding that "what happens on Fox News is relevant because they talked about infanticide for six and a half hours—six and a half hours—right before President Trump's State of the Union."

Wallace was quickly criticized on social media for interrupting Gillibrand after he remained silent when Pete Buttigieg similarly disparaged Fox hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham during his town hall event in May. The South Bend, Indiana, mayor accused the two network stars of not always acting in "good faith."

"Pete Buttigieg bashed Fox News while on Fox News, and Chris Wallace just stood there and took it. Kirsten Gillibrand bashed Fox News while on Fox News, and Chris Wallace told her to stop. Call me crazy, but I'm almost starting to think Fox News treats the two genders differently," Bill Palmer, writer of the Palmer Report, tweeted after the town hall.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks to guests during a campaign event with Drake University Democrats at Papa Keno’s restaurant on April 17, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Gillibrand was the latest Democrat to appear in a Fox News town hall meeting on Sunday, June 2. Getty/Scott Olson