Following Tuesday night’s contentious presidential debate, critics on all sides placed the blame on various factors, including moderator Chris Wallace. For the Fox News Channel anchor, however, it was clear who was ultimately at fault for the boisterous and largely ineffective display between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
In an appearance on his home network this week, Wallace asserted that the president was to blame for the devolution of the debate, as reported by TheBlaze.
“Clearer and clearer”
Wallace spoke to host Bill Hemmer on Thursday in an attempt to analyze an event that he acknowledged did not go well.
“It became clearer and clearer over time that this was something different and that the president was determined to try to butt in and throw Joe Biden off,” Wallace said, as TheBlaze reported.
Wallace went on to cite specifics, saying that network data “indicates the president interrupted either Biden’s answers or my questions a total of 145 times.”
He also lamented the perceived waste of “hundreds of man-hours and woman-hours” spent researching and preparing for the debate and a range of issues he had intended to raise.
“You know, I was really hoping for the debate that I think America wanted to see, which was a serious exchange of views,” Wallace said, comparing himself to a disappointed baker who “had baked this beautiful, delicious cake, and then, frankly, the president put his foot in it,” according to TheBlaze.
“Disappointed with the results”
Of course, the Fox host’s complaints were largely rehashed from earlier comments he provided in an interview with The New York Times.
“Generally speaking, I did as well as I could, so I don’t have any second thoughts there,” Wallace told the paper. “I’m just disappointed with the results. For me, but much more importantly, I’m disappointed for the country, because it could have been a much more useful evening than it turned out to be.”
While some Trump critics agreed with the moderator’s take, plenty of other viewers believe Wallace botched his role. Conservative pundit Ann Coulter, who has been known to speak out against the president, nevertheless took issue with Wallace’s apparent bias.
“Every time Trump is nailing Biden, Chris Wallace interrupts. ‘That’s the next topic!'” she tweeted, according to MarketWatch.
No matter the perspective, however, most voters seem to agree with Wallace’s conclusion that Tuesday’s performance was a “terrible missed opportunity.”