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Jake Sullivan, senior policy adviser for Joe Biden’s campaign, appeared on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss the Democratic nominee’s response to the pandemic and unrest in America.
Fox News host Chris Wallace set an unusual tone early on, given his liberal makeup, when he set up the segment by saying the Biden campaign “seized the moment this week using the [Bob] Woodward book to try and change the subject on the campaign trail from law and order to the pandemic.”
Wallace set Sullivan back on his heels when he pointed out that even though Biden spoke about “dangerous epidemic” on January 27, the candidate “was holding mass rallies as late as March 9th.”
Sullivan tried to ditch the issue by focusing on some actions Biden had taken, but Wallace didn’t let him off the hook so easily.
“I wanted — can you answer my question? Why was he holding mass rallies as late as March 9th?”
(Source: Fox News)
The weak answer Sullivan offered was that Biden “didn’t have access to the kind of information that Donald Trump had” — never mind that Biden had already deemed the coronavirus to be a “dangerous epidemic.”
“Because he wasn’t the president,” Sullivan said. “And he didn’t get the information from government experts telling him this was deadly and airborne the way President Trump did.”
Wallace pointed out that Biden opposed Trump’s travel restrictions on China, as he ran a clip of the former vice president labeling the decision as “hysteria, xenophobia, hysterical xenophobia, and fearmongering.”
After noting that Biden later claimed his remarks were not in response to the travel restrictions, Wallace 2.0 asked his guest, “Are we to believe it was just a coincidence, that he was talking about xenophobia the day that the president announced travel restrictions on China?”
Sullivan fell back on liberal fact-checking sites, naming Politi-fact, to say that they deemed the claims Biden opposed the restrictions to be false, before putting forth the same tired accusation that Trump is racist.
He also focused on the coronavirus death rate in the U.S., blaming the president.
Again, the new and improved version of Wallace pushed back, explaining that the Biden campaign did not say that Biden approved the travel restriction until April — over two months later.
“Why did it take him so long? And would you agree that the president, moving so much faster, January 31st, to impose travel restrictions when Biden didn’t formally come out in support of the travel restrictions on China until April 3rd, that Trump’s actions saved thousands of lives?” Wallace asked.
When Sullivan suggested that the virus was already in the U.S. when Trump imposed these restrictions, Wallace pressed him to answer the question.
In responding, the Biden surrogate fell back on the prescribed talking points that President Trump didn’t “do his job,” and began regurgitating death statistics again to speak of his failed leadership.
Turning to law and order, Wallace asked if Biden believes the mayor of Portland and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, both Democrats, properly handled the hundred-plus days of protests and riots in the city.
Effectively answering yes, Sullivan blamed Trump.
“Vice President Biden believes the single biggest difference between success and failure with respect to safety in these communities has been Donald Trump, not the local leadership,” he said.
Incredulously, the Biden campaign official cited the actions of Trump supporters in Portland, while completely ignoring the alleged murder of one such supporter by an Antifa militant.
He then talks all over himself when Wallace reminded him that it is up to the mayor to call in police, and that the governor must call out the National Guard.
But Sullivan was only getting started with his deception, as he said Portland was not experiencing the violence when Biden was vice president, before singing the praises of the Obama/Biden administration in response to lawlessness.
Keep in mind the city of Ferguson, Mo., almost burned to the ground on their watch.
Even Wallace wasn’t buying the shtick.
“Can you really blame all this on President Trump?” he asked.
Wallace also pressed top Trump campaign advisor Steve Cortes, who pushed back on a seemingly pre-determined narrative set by the host.
Top Trump campaign adviser Steve Cortes shuts down Chris Wallace’s pre-determined narrative https://t.co/Is8mogr8mq
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 13, 2020
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