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Chris Wallace Speaks Out On Wild Trump-Biden Debate

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace has come under heavy fire from just about everyone for how he moderated and handled Tuesday night’s first presidential debate.

During a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times, Wallace spoke out on his thoughts on the contentious debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

“I did what I could,” Wallace said, seemingly blaming Trump for the disastrous debate by suggesting the president kept interrupting Biden.

“Obviously It was not the debate I had planned for, and to that degree, I was disappointed,” Wallace said.

He continued “I think debates are about revealing what [the candidates] think. You certainly gained an insight into Donald Trump and what he’s thinking and where he wants to take the country and how he wants to take the country there. To that degree, I thought it was a success. It may not have been pretty, but it was revealing.”

Wallace said he initially was encouraged by the back and forth exchange between Trump and Biden, explaining: “My initial reaction was, ‘This is great. They’re going to go at it, and I can take the evening off.”

However, he says “it became clear at a certain point that the president wasn’t planning to back off and was going to keep interrupting throughout the evening.”

Wallace then seemed to blame Trump for the chaos and said: “the interruptions got in the way of a substantive discussion of serious issues and follow-ups to those issues. I thought it wasted a lot of time.”

Wallace also said he didn’t think Trump did well by interrupting, saying: “Trump never went to Plan B. He just stayed on Plan A the entire evening, and I don’t think it served him especially well.”

Wallace was also heavily criticized online by his network colleagues following his hostile position toward Trump.

To some critics, the debate appeared to be a two-on-one battle with Trump in a corner alone, which led many of Wallace’s colleagues at Fox News to chime in, including Fox hosts Laura Ingraham, Greg Gutfeld, and Brian Kilmeade, as well as Fox contributor Andrew McCarthy.

President Donald Trump criticized Wallace for his performance as Tuesday’s presidential debate moderator.

“Chris had a tough night,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “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!”

Trump also posted a picture suggesting he had to fight against both Biden and Wallace. He also retweeted users who wrote, “If you still can’t figure out why the American public doesn’t trust the media … just rewatch Chris Wallace’s performance tonight,” and “Chris Wallace personified why the American public at large distrust the media.”

Altogether, the debate was widely panned by just about everyone.

During a segment on CNN, network correspondent Dana Bash referred to the debate as being nothing short of a “sh*t show.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper called it a: “That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck” and said it was “the worst debate I have ever seen.”

The next presidential debate is scheduled for Oct 15 at 9 p.m. in Miami.

Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, will square off during the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Here are a few of the major highlights from the first debate:

—Biden to Trump: ‘Would You Shut Up Man’

—Trump Spars With Chris Wallace For Continuously Interrupting Him