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For someone who said beforehand that he was not going to make the debate about himself, Fox News moderator Chris Wallace found himself right in the middle of the fray throughout the night, often siding against President Donald Trump.
To be fair, the first presidential debate was a train wreck, with the president proving yet again that, first and foremost, he is a brawler, an outsider taking on the political establishment so firmly entrenched in Washington, D.C.
From the perspective of the Trump campaign, their candidate “turned in the greatest debate performance in presidential history” against “weak” Democratic nominee Joe Biden, but Trump was quick to go after Wallace after the debate.
Taking to Twitter, Trump shared a meme suggesting it was a two-on-one contest.
Trump said at one point during the debate, as Wallace mischaracterized his health care plan, “I guess I’m debating you, not him.”
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) September 30, 2020
Wallace was quick to interrupt Trump and remind him of the debate rules — the president was very assertive at times while himself interrupting Biden — and the Fox News host’s frustration became more evident as the night went on.
The following analogy is by no means a scientific study, but it was clear that Wallace was very one-sided with his interruptions.
Kept *loose* track of this while re-watching the debate and counted Wallace interrupting Trump 32 times and interrupting Biden 4 times https://t.co/fT09gEsD16
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 30, 2020
Hell, even “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade could see the obvious.
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) September 30, 2020
But the interruptions paled to some other egregious actions by Wallace, who selected the debate topics.
Remarkably, he referenced Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville three years ago, mentioning the infamous comment about “very fine people on both sides” without offering any context — Trump was talking about the debate over statues.
Wallace went so far as to ask Trump to denounce “white supremacy,” and described critical race theory as “racial–sensitivity training,” an almost criminal characterization when considering the toxic far left ideology teaches that America is a racist nation and white people are inherently racist. All white people.
President Trump was accurate in saying it was “racist” teaching.
Teaching federal employees (on taxpayer $) that ALL white people are racist by nature & America is rotten to its core is not acceptable!
One of the most ridiculous moments of tonight was Chris Wallace calling “Critical Race Theory” – “Race Sensitivity Training”
CRT is a no go!
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) September 30, 2020
And the determination Wallace exhibited in not allowing Trump to bring up Hunter Biden and the recent report that Biden’s son allegedly received $3.5 million dollars from the wife of the mayor of Moscow was something to see.
Wallace sat silent when Biden resorted to name calling, as the Democratic nominee called Trump a “racist” and a “clown,” even telling him at one point to “shut up.”
Donald Trump Jr. appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” after the debate and took a shot at the moderator.
“We knew that was coming anyway with a Chris Wallace,” the president’s eldest son said. “I understand he’s a Fox guy, but he’s no conservative and he’s no centrist either. That’s sort of the nature of this game and I think that’s why my father has to play it that way, he’s got to combat that because is not just fighting conservative ideas versus liberal ideas.
“He’s taking on a multibillion-dollar mainstream complex,” Trump Jr. continued. “Joe Biden can hide in the basement, he doesn’t have to do campaign rallies, the media will do that for him.”
The irony here is that Wallace said up front that he was going to try to be “as invisible as possible” — his own colleagues at the network, Brett Baier and Martha MacCallum, scoffed at the suggestion.
— William Craddick (@williamcraddick) September 30, 2020
Here’s a quick sampling of some of the responses from Twitter on Wallace’s debate performance:
Just FYI, I criticize Wallace not as an excuse for Trump. I don’t think Biden laid a glove on Trump. The problem is that Wallace, the ostensibly unbiased commentator, deliberately took sides to poison the American jury — that’s my beef.
— David Limbaugh (@DavidLimbaugh) September 30, 2020
BLM and ANTIFA have burned down and destroyed black communities across this nation and Chris Wallace wants the Proud Boys condemned for it 🤷🏽♀️
— Angela Stanton King 🇺🇸 (@theangiestanton) September 30, 2020
Second order impact of debate: Blue Bubble media hates @realDonaldTrump so much they are fixated on his interruptions, not those of @JoeBiden, are gliding over Chris Wallace tag teaming w/ Biden, and giving Biden pass on Court packing, no law enforcement endorsements, Hunter etc.
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) September 30, 2020
Dear @foxnewsnight, Chris Wallace was an absolute embarrassment tonight. You are losing viewers by the millions. Sadly, you don’t seem to care. Neither do we, anymore. What a disappointment you’ve turned out to be. Congratulations, @SpeakerRyan You’re on your way to becoming CNN.
— 🇺🇸Eric Carmen🇺🇸 (@RealEricCarmen) September 30, 2020
If Chris Wallace was as good as Chris Wallace thinks Chris Wallace is, when Biden said that Antifa was an idea, Chris Wallace would’ve asked him if he thought it was a good one or a bad one. @Radioblogger
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) September 30, 2020
— TRUMP CRUMBS 6% (Text TRUMP To 88022) (@BigLeague2020) September 30, 2020
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