Tuesday night’s highly anticipated presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden was a shouting match for the record books.
Debate moderator Chris Wallace met criticism from viewers for failing to keep things under control, and now, the Fox News host is facing yet another line of attack: according to the New York Post, President Trump is accusing Wallace of playing to Biden’s advantage.
Wallace loses control
It was a vicious and highly personal debate, with almost constant cross-talk and insults flying back and forth. Trump was aggressive from the starting gun, and he never let up.
As the night progressed, Wallace appeared to get flustered as he asked Trump repeatedly not to cut into Biden’s answers. “Mr. President, I’m the moderator of this debate and I’d like you to let me ask my questions,” Wallace said at one point, according to The Hill.
“I guess I’m debating you, not him,” Trump, who has a long-running feud with Wallace, shot back, as The Hill reported. “I’m not surprised.”
Trump made many comments like these to Biden as well, at one point remarking, “Don’t ever use the word smart with me,” after Biden disparaged Trump’s coronavirus response as slow-witted, and even bringing up Hunter Biden’s business dealings and drug use.
Things carried on in this manner for essentially the whole night, as Biden fired back at Trump as a “racist,” a “clown” and “the worst president” in the country’s history, at one point simply telling him to “shut up,” according to a transcript from Rev.
Hindsight is 20/20
The debate left many people feeling uncomfortable, and some called it a low point in American political rhetoric.
From his reactions during the debate and after, Wallace made his disappointment — and who he thought was to blame for the debate’s unraveling — clear.
“I never dreamt that it would go off the tracks the way it did,” Wallace told The New York Times, according to a separate report from The Hill. “I guess I didn’t realize — and there was no way you could, hindsight being 20/20 — that this was going to be the president’s strategy, not just for the beginning of the debate but the entire debate.”
Chris had a tough night. Two on one was not surprising, but fun. Many important points made, like throwing Bernie, AOC PLUS 3, and the rest, to the wolves! Radical Left is dumping Sleepy Joe. Zero Democrat enthusiasm, WEAK Leadership! https://t.co/BGbPVHau3M
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2020