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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace became the target of President Donald Trump’s wrath once again.
The “Fox News Sunday” host was slammed by Trump as a “wannabe” of his father and for being worse than MSNBC’s “Sleepy Eyes” Chuck Todd, prompting one of his network colleagues to rebuke the president.
It was not clear what set Trump off this time, as he has vocally called out Wallace before. Following the airing of Wallace’s program on Sunday, the president declared that it was a “new ballgame” at Fox News, asking “what the hell is happening” at the network.
“Just watched Mike Wallace wannabe, Chris Wallace, on @FoxNews,” Trump tweeted, referring to Wallace’s late father and CBS journalist.
“I am now convinced that he is even worse than Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Meet the Press(please!), or the people over at Deface the Nation,” he added. “What the hell is happening to @FoxNews. It’s a whole new ballgame over there!”
Just watched Mike Wallace wannabe, Chris Wallace, on @FoxNews. I am now convinced that he is even worse than Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Meet the Press(please!), or the people over at Deface the Nation. What the hell is happening to @FoxNews. It’s a whole new ballgame over there!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2020
While the president did not point to any specific comments, many were sure Wallace’s overall tone and questioning of guests about the timeline of the administration response to the coronavirus outbreak seemed to repeatedly set up Trump as to blame for the number of U.S. deaths.
This Looks Like A Coordinated Attack On #PresidentTrump
With The Corrupt New York Times Talking Point:
▶️ @realDonaldTrump Ignored Early Warnings
And Could Have
Saved More Lives
Recited By Dr Fauci
And Trump Trasher
Chris Wallace With THIS: pic.twitter.com/7IWrA2eN7e
— Dr. Marty Fox 🇺🇸 (@DrMartyFox) April 13, 2020
Johns Hopkins health expert Tom Inglesby responded to a direct question from Wallace by saying that if the Trump administration taken action against COVID-19 sooner, “we’d be in a much better position” now.
Wallace had himself referred to a “stunning” New York Times article Saturday that claimed the president ignored warnings from his health experts and delayed action on COVID-19 cases.
“How much did those lost weeks cost us?” he asked at one point, as he gave his own clearly inaccurate “hindsight.”
Wallace is simply wrong here. Trump responded the day the memo was sent to him by forming a task force. If by response he means lock downs, yes, those took longer, but there was no stomach for those moves in mid-February. The hindsight being employed deeply dishonest. https://t.co/hQq35XYsHF
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) April 12, 2020
Soon after Trump unloaded on Wallace, a weekend co-host of “Fox & Friends” fired off a critical tweet calling him out for his “3rd grade name-calling.”
Jedediah Bila criticized the president and claimed that Wallace “is doing his job.”
Enough with the 3rd grade name-calling. Chris is doing his job. The news should not be any president’s friend, ally, or buddy. If it bothered you when Obama complained about Fox News, but you’re silent on this complete nonsense, then just stop. Seriously. Enough. https://t.co/uW1Dw275Or
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) April 12, 2020
The president’s rebuke of Wallace came one day after he called One American News Network as a “great alternative” to Fox News. Soon after a report on Fox News about testing, equipment and staff shortages in VA hospitals, the president took a shot on Twitter.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2020
Many came to Wallace’s defense, touting his “fair and balanced” journalism, including colleague Brit Hume though he didn’t directly respond to Trump’s remarks.
Chris Wallace is tough and fair. He’s a very skilled, informed, determined questioner. He’s perfectly suited for the job & we’re lucky to have him. @FoxNewsSunday
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) April 13, 2020
I will. He’s the best Sunday show host of his time, and perhaps of all time. https://t.co/TEXYG0Ojwn
— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 13, 2020
Hume’s tweet was immediately challenged.
He’s a biased, opinionated, Trump-hating organ bank who embarrasses Fox News every time he opens his yap.
Other than that I agree with you Brit
— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) April 13, 2020
Sorry, but that’s enough, Brit. There’s a reason why people can’t stand to listen to him. And say what you want, but we expect Fox to live up their “fair and balanced” motto. Wallace is completely upfront with his liberal take and we are upfront about his bias. It goes both ways.
— Linda☀️ (@lin28NM) April 13, 2020
I respectfully disagree. Chris Wallace is borderline hostile to anyone in the Trump admin. He rarely challenged the Obama administration. Obvious difference between the two. I prefer the tough questions to all parties. #nofluff
— Jacci (@jkppcp) April 13, 2020
— Taylor2020 (@rodsandguitars) April 13, 2020
Many other Twitter users exposed again the media’s bias and how Wallace only helps to slant the coverage of the president, creating division while selling a narrative that does nothing to benefit Americans dealing with a global pandemic.
I watched Wallace this morning and I would say it was his absolute worst #FoxNewsSunday . There was no Balance at all. Never brought up the good things Administration & Trump has done. Questions made it sound like they have done nothing. Never mentioned travel restrictions etc!
— Bernie Dandridge (@BernieDandridge) April 13, 2020
That would be true if we didn’t have the rest of the media trying to destroying Trump. Wallace would be great if we had an even playing field. But we don’t, so he’s destructive not constructive. He’s contributes to the division.
— beatriz arturo (@beatrizarturo2) April 12, 2020
Not gonna ignore CW’s angst @ T disguised as objectivity. Preocc’d w/T’s faults that none of us deny. CW ignores T’s positives that voters luv. CW wants us to hate T, & is way too obvious bout it. Sorry CW, NOPE! Fox loses as we turn channels. Orange Anvil is still our guy.
— Scott Razor (@scrfai) April 13, 2020
I agree with you on everything but not on this one. Chris Wallace is gloom and doom and always against the President.
— Kelli Hegeman (@kelli_hegeman) April 12, 2020
I have become so outspoken that I am not welcome on most shows on FOX. Even some that had me on before.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) April 13, 2020
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