During an off-the-rails interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Wallace got into a heated argument with Trump adviser Steve Cortes and suggested that Trump’s family will be “kicked out next time” if they choose not to wear masks at the next presidential debate.
Wallace suggested that Trump’s family put people in danger by not wearing masks at the debates despite all of them testing negative before the event.
“Do they think that the health and safety rules for everybody else do not apply to them?” Wallace snidely asked.
Cortes hit back by reminding Wallace that all of Trump’s family members were tested before they entered the room that night.
“Everybody was tested before that event, as you well know,” Cortes said.
Wallace then tried to brush off the fact, claiming that Trump’s family should have worn masks despite testing negative.
“It doesn’t matter. Everybody that was in that room was tested, and the Cleveland Clinic’s regulation was it didn’t matter,” Wallace said.
That’s when the exchange started to get really heated.
Cortes then pointed out that Wallace’s attacks of the First Family are just as biased as when Wallace moderated the debates.
“The way you’re starting to harangue me now actually reminds me of what you did to the president. … He had to debate not just Joe Biden but you as well. You were not a neutral moderator then. People can make reasonable decisions for themselves,” Cortes said.
Wallace exploded at the accusation and proceeded to claim that Trump’s family will be “kicked out” of the next debates.
“No, actually, they can’t. They’re the rules, and they’ll be kicked out next time. The president interrupted me and the vice president 145 times, so I object to saying I harangued the president,” Wallace said.
Last week, Wallace spoke out on his thoughts on the contentious debate between President 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.
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 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.
“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!”
Altogether, the debate was widely panned by just about everyone.
CNN’s 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.