Fox News host Chris Wallace hasn’t exactly found himself on the good side of most conservatives, particularly after his disastrous and seemingly biased performance at once of last year’s presidential debates between Donald Trump and then-White House hopeful Joe Biden.
Now, Wallace is again betraying whatever Trump-supporting fans he may have had left by heaping praise on President Biden over his first address to a joint session of Congress.
“You know, I think this is going to be a popular speech with the American public,” Wallace said after Biden’s talk on Wednesday, according to The Hill.
“[Biden] offered a lot of stuff,” the Fox host added. “$4 trillion will buy a lot of stuff, from millions of jobs to child care to community health centers, all kinds of stuff, community colleges.”
Wallace lauds Biden
Explaining the likely rationale behind Biden’s embrace of massive new spending goals, Wallace also said he thinks the White House has “made a calculation that after COVID-19, people have come to have a different feeling about government.”
“They now feel more trusting and more the need of government and so where this might have turned a lot of people off, and probably still will, they believe the majority of people are going to say, the government is here, and they’re here to help you,” Wallace said, as The Hill reported.
“And the other thing that’s pretty popular is he said, ‘You’re not going to have to pay for it,’” Wallace remarked.
“’Big corporations are going to pay for it. People making more than $400,000 are going to pay for it,'” he quoted Biden. “But the vast majority of people watching tonight aren’t, so offering a lot of stuff and saying you aren’t going to have to pay for it is pretty popular.”
“Not going to change…anything”
The Federalist co-founder and publisher Ben Domenech had a far less enthusiastic response to Biden’s address, however — and he took issue with Wallace’s characterization of it.
“He waxed eloquent about how it was so powerful and unifying,” Domenech said, according to The Hill. “I don’t think that turned out to be true at all.”
“It’s not something that led to any kind of bipartisanship and expect the same result from this speech. It’s going to be a political blip, immediately forgotten,” Domenech added. “It’s not going to change the course of anything in Washington.”
The suggestion that Biden’s remarks may have little impact appears to be supported by ratings data. Fox News reports that far fewer people tuned in to Biden’s speech than typically watched congressional addresses made by former President Donald Trump.