Fox News host Chris Wallace is under fire for comparing Trump’s allies to Japanese soldiers who refused to surrender at the end of World War II, The Washington Examiner reported.
“[T]here are some, I mentioned Ted Cruz, you know, who are like the Japanese soldiers who come out 30 years after the war, out of the jungle, and say, ‘Is the fight still going on?'” Wallace said regarding the Trump administration’s refusal to concede until allegations of voter fraud are taken to court.
Fox viewers, including the target of the comment, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), didn’t let that one slip past.
“Chris Wallace, who beclowned himself with a shamefully biased debate performance — universally panned — continues to demonstrate his rank partisanship,” Cruz tweeted Sunday.
Barr authorizes investigation
Cruz went on to defend Trump’s right to challenge the results of the presidential election, adding, “Urging that we follow the law & that election recounts be actually completed is not somehow undermining democracy.”
The Texas senator also told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures that Trump still has a path to victory: “[T]hat path is to count every single legal vote that was cast, but also not to count any votes that were fraudulently cast or illegally cast.”
Fox News reported Monday that Attorney General Bill Barr authorized federal prosecutors to investigate “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities before the election is certified.
“Any investigation of claims of irregularities that, if true, would clearly not impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State should normally be deferred until after the election certification process is completed,” Barr said in a memo, according to Fox.
“Way out of line”
Cruz also retweeted conservative talk radio host Mark Levin, who condemned Wallace’s statement: “This is way out of line. Keep your politics to yourself, Mr. Journalist. You’re not just showing ankle, you’ve undressed yourself.”
Wallace not only took shots at Cruz and Trump, but also praised those in the GOP who quickly conceded the election to Biden.
“It would seem to me that Republicans on Capitol Hill have a role to play in this,” Wallace said during a panel discussion on Fox News Sunday, Breitbart reported.
He continued, “A very few of them have said, look, you pursue your legal options, but, you know, damp down the rhetoric, like Mitt Romney, like Pat Toomey.”