Almost two weeks after he moderated the first presidential debate, Chris Wallace is still mulling over a few things.
The Fox News anchor is burning with curiosity to know why the Trump family didn’t wear masks at the event, something he grilled Lara Trump about in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
Wallace grills Lara Trump on masks
In a contentious interview, Wallace grilled the Trump campaign surrogate on a so-called “super spreader” event at the Rose Garden, echoing Dr. Fauci and media critics who accuse Trump of being reckless with his response to the coronavirus, which recently sickened Trump and some of his staffers.
Wallace then turned to yet more urgent matters. “I’ve got to ask you, because you were there, about another event, the first debate 12 days ago in Cleveland. The Cleveland Clinic’s rules were very clear. Everyone in the audience had to wear a mask, but after the first family came in with masks, you all took them off.”
“Did you think, Lara, that the rules that applied to everybody else in that hall didn’t apply to you?” he asked.
Lara insisted that everyone in the family tested negative and denied that they were asked to wear masks, but Wallace pursued the matter, noting there is “video that exists” allegedly showing that the Trump family “waved away” a request to wear masks.
“Well, they didn’t ask any member of our family,” Lara said.
Wallace pushes Trump team on masks, virtual debate
Wallace has pushed the issue before, complaining that Trump’s family “broke the rules” in a similarly heated interview last week.
This comes after Wallace blamed President Trump for causing the first debate to become chaotic, although president Trump and his allies have insisted that Wallace, a public critic of his, was a biased moderator.
The Fox News anchor kept the hits coming Sunday as he questioned whether Trump had “[made] a mistake” by refusing to commit to a virtual format for the second, now-canceled debate with Joe Biden, which was supposed to happen this week.
“Now, they’re willing to change the rules without reaching out to our campaign, made a split-second decision the day after the vice president had a very strong debate against, Kamala Harris,” Lara replied.
“It seems a little suspect to people, and I think a virtual debate is an absolute disaster.”