This past weekend, Fox News personality Chris Wallace hosted an interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), her first Fox News appearance since 2017. Pelosi had plenty of harsh words for President Donald Trump during the interview, saying at one point, “The president gets an F—a failure—on the testing.”
Judging by his Twitter reaction, Trump wasn’t impressed. He warned the network that it is on a “bad path.”
Trump turns on Fox
“Nervous Nancy is an inherently ‘dumb’ person,” Trump said in a tweet on Sunday. “She wasted all of her time on the Impeachment Hoax. She will be overthrown, either by inside or out, just like her last time as ‘Speaker’.”
The president next took aim at both Wallace and his network, complaining that he and Fox News “are on a bad path” and warning, “watch!”
Trump has a history of animus towards Wallace, having unfavorably compared him to NBC anchor Chuck Todd. Trump has also alleged that Wallace is less competent than late his father, legendary CBS reporter Mike Wallace.
“Just watched Mike Wallace wannabe, Chris Wallace, on @FoxNews,” the president tweeted on April 12. “Am now convinced that he is even worse than Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Meet the Press(please!), or the people over at Deface the Nation. What the hell is happening to @FoxNews. It’s a whole new ballgame over there!”
In another tweet made in October of last year, Trump referred to Chris’s late father Mike Wallace as his friend but remarked that the younger Wallace “will never be his father.” For his part, Wallace appears to have little love for the president.
That same month, The New York Times quoted Wallace as saying, “He often likes to say about me, ‘You know, I was covered by Mike Wallace, I liked him much more. To which my reaction is always: One of us has a daddy problem, and it’s not me.”
Colleagues take issue
Some of Wallace’s colleagues have come to his defense in the face of criticism from the president, with Brit Hume tweeting that Wallace is “the best Sunday show host of his time, and perhaps of all time.”
Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier stood up for Wallace, tweeting, “Chris is the best Sunday show interviewer hands down – he’s equally tough on left and right- and he’s a great talent to have on your team for election coverage or any debate – a true pro.”
Contributor Guy Benson spoke up as well, adding, “Chris Wallace is tough and fair. He’s a very skilled, informed, determined questioner.”
While Trump generally receives favorable coverage from such Fox News figures as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson, he has recently had better things to say about One America News Network (OANN). “Watching @FoxNews on weekend afternoons is a total waste of time. We now have some great alternatives, like @OANN,” he tweeted on April 11.