UPDATED 0CT. 1, 2020President Donald J. Trump confronted two opponents on the debate stage Tuesday night, as “moderator” Chris Wallace joined 47-year career politician Joe Biden in telling lies about Trump. Wallace, a Fox News anchor, even repeated the debunked claim that Trump called white supremacists in Charlottesville “very fine people, ” as he teed-up an opportunity for Biden to allege Trump is a racist.
Trump picked up on the bias early on, responding to Wallace’s slanted question on healthcare, “I guess I’m debating you, not him, but that’s OK. I’m not surprised.”
Richard Grenell, the former Acting Director of the United States National Intelligence, highlighted Wallace’s inability to “interrupt’ Biden.
“Chris Wallace doesn’t interrupt Joe Biden,” Grenell stated in a tweet. Wallace did interrupt Trump — 35 times, by our count. He interrupted Biden once. Wallace lectured Trump about interrupting, but didn’t address Biden’s mean-spirited personal attacks, as Biden called Trump a racist, “a clown” and “a liar.” Biden also told Trump to “shut up” — and said Trump wasn’t “presidential.”
Wallace worked hard during the debate to aggressively shut down the discussion any time Biden seemed to be getting the worst of it.
As Revolver.news observed, “Whenever Trump began to get the better of Biden and force him into a corner, Wallace was prepared to step in, declare the topic over, and try pivoting to a new subject where the vice president might do better.”
“In short,” the news and opinion website said, “the Wallace strategy was to step-in and interrupt when Trump was delivering blows to Biden, and to step-aside when Biden was running his rehearsed talking points against Trump.”
Biden refused to say whether he agreed with Democrats who want to pack the Supreme Court (say by increasing the number of justices from the present nine to 11 to 15, adding liberal justices), abolish the filibuster, admit Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico as new states, and otherwise shift the balance of power to Democrats. Biden refused to answer, on the bonkers excuse that it could “become a campaign issue” — and Wallace let him slide. Perhaps fearing that by probing for an answer he would embarrass Biden, Wallace moved on.
On Thursday, Wallace whined to the New York Times about the criticism he received for what he characterized as his failure to “seize control of the debate.” He and the NYT took swipes Trump’s “bullying behavior” (NYT’s phrase), but failed to even acknowledge the many complaints over Wallace’s perceived bias toward Biden. UPDATE: Wallace recently referred to criticisms of his alleged bias as Republican “talking points.”
Locally, residents held six debate watch parties in the Kingman area — two at restaurants (Golden American Pizza in Golden Valley and Anchor Smokehouse in Meadview) and four at private residences in Kingman and Valle Vista.
Here are some takes on the debate from a couple of MohaveGOP’s favorite sites:
The Worst Moments From the Debate Came From Moderator Chris Wallace
From Townhall.com: Leading up to the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, Fox News host and moderator Chris Wallace was praised by colleagues like Brit Hume as the “best debate moderator ever” but that quickly changed over the course of the night as it became clear President Trump was taking on two opponents.
As the debate progressed, Wallace appeared to team up with Biden, shutting the president down, failing to fact check the former vice president over some of the most obvious and easily debunked lies, and moving the subject along when it became inconvenient for Joe.
Let’s take a look at some of Wallace’s worst moments from Tuesday’s debate.
1. Ben Shapiro quipped that Wallace turned into a debater as the night progressed—an assessment Trump agreed with, on and off stage. For example, here’s how Wallace framed a question about Trump’s healthcare plan:
“You, in the course of these four years, have never come up with a comprehensive plan to replace Obamacare, and just this last Thursday, you signed a largely symbolic executive order to protect people with preexisting conditions five days before this debate, so my question is what is the Trump healthcare plan?” Wallace asked.
Well, first of all, I guess I’m debating you, not him. But that’s okay,” Trump fired back. “Let me just tell you something, there’s nothing symbolic. I’m cutting drug prices, I’m going with favored nations, which no president has the courage to do cause you’re going against big pharma. Drug prices will be coming down 80 or 90 percent.”
MORE at Townhall.com
Debate Recap: Trump Wins, Biden Doesn’t Faint, Chris Wallace Goes Down Hard
From PJMedia.com: President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden went head-to-head on Tuesday night, and moderator Chris Wallace got knocked out. Wallace seemed to push left-wing talking points to help Biden and hurt Trump, but both candidates talked over him. Trump and Biden brought out the fisticuffs and both got in a few good hits. Biden stumbled, but he did not come across as a bumbling fool.
While Trump and Biden both went on the offensive, Trump got in more clear statements and Biden came across as shifty, especially on packing the Supreme Court.
Wallace asked Biden if he would support expanding the Supreme Court to more than nine justices, noting that Democrats brought up the issue first. Biden refused to answer the question, and Trump pressed him.
When Trump pressed him, “Why aren’t you going to answer that question?” Biden shot back, “Would you shut up, man?”
After Trump asked, “Who is on your list, Joe?” Biden responded by saying, “This is so unpresidential.”
Not only did Biden dodge the question, but he lost his cool about the issue, and then accused his opponent of being unpresidential right after he said, “Would you shut up, man?”
On the issue of nominating Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement to the Supreme Court, Trump insisted, “I’m not elected for three years, I’m elected for four years.” He suggested that Biden’s call for delaying the nomination and confirmation until after the election would essentially deny Trump’s presidency — an effective counter.
MORE at PJMedia.com