Fox News host Chris Wallace was heavily criticized online by his network colleagues and others following his hostile position toward President Donald Trump during Tuesday’s debate in Cleveland.
Immediately out of the gate, Wallace and Trump shared a tense moment, when the moderator asked the president about a comprehensive health care plan.
Wallace, though, did not appear intent on letting Trump answer the question uninterrupted.
“I got rid of the individual mandate,” Trump said with regard to the Affordable Care Act.
After Wallace continually interrupted Trump over the subject, the president said, “I guess I’m debating you, not him.”
Benny Johnson, of the conservative group Talking Points USA, pointed it out.
Trump to Wallace: “First of all I guess I’m debating you not him”. pic.twitter.com/wrbOJrLXMP
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 30, 2020
Wallace also interrupted Trump by a ratio of more than five times to one than he did Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, according to the Trump campaign:
Chris Wallace only interrupted Joe Biden 15 times.
Wallace interrupted President Trump 76 times! #Debates2020
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) September 30, 2020
Wallace and Biden also shared a moment of laughter together at the president’s expense:
Biden: I can’t remember which of all of his rantings…
Wallace: I’m having a little trouble myself pic.twitter.com/MfCWNQgF3f
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 30, 2020
To some critics, the debate appeared to be a two-on-one battle with Trump in a corner alone, which led many of Wallace’s colleagues at Fox News to chime in, including Fox hosts Laura Ingraham, Greg Gutfeld and Brian Kilmeade, as well as Fox contributor Andrew McCarthy.
Others watching the debate also weighed in on the way Wallace treated Trump:
Trump is debating the moderator and Biden.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 30, 2020
The next presidential debate is scheduled for Oct 15 at 9 p.m. in Miami.
Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, will square off during the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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