‘I imagine there is quite a scene at the White House trying to contain the fallout,’ says Dan Rather
President Trump is no fan of Fox News host Chris Wallace, having called him a “wannabe” who is “nasty and obnoxious” and “will never be his father,” the legendary Mike Wallace of CBS News.
This latest interview isn’t helping.
The two faced off on “Fox News Sunday” over the recent surge in coronavirus cases, mask wearing, tearing down statues and, of course, Joe Biden.
In one particularly odd moment, they tangled over the president’s cognitive test. Trump recently boasted that he “aced” such a test. “They said, ‘That’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anybody do what you just did,’ ” Trump told Fox News last week. “But [Biden] should take that same test.”
Wallace, making the point that “it’s not the hardest test,” highlighted one of the questions, which asks the test taker to identify a picture of an elephant.
Then, when Wallace showed Trump a Fox News poll that found more Americans feel Biden is the more mentally fit of the two candidates, Trump issued a challenge. “Let’s take a test right now,” he said. “Let’s go down, Joe and I will take a test. Let him take the same test that I took.”
In another testy exchange, Wallace challenged Trump over his claims that Biden has called for defunding the police. The president asked a White House staffer to bring him proof, but, after flipping through a document that was brought to him, Trump, Wallace said, had been unable to show a Biden call for police-department defunding.
Here’s a roundup of highlights from the interview:
While Wallace’s conduct of the interview received plenty of admiration on Twitter
the president was not without defenders:
According to those likelier to have “MAGA” hashtags on their accounts than blue checkmarks, Wallace was the villain: