Donald Trump and Chris Wallace have tangled before and after Wallace’s Wednesday remarks at Washington D.C.’s Newseum, look for the relationship to deteriorate even further. Trump claimed in October that Wallace was “nothing like his father” which prompted Wallace to quip, “one of us has daddy issues and it’s not me.” But that was lightweight compared to what Wallace shared last night. The Guardian:
“I believe that President Trump is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history,” Wallace said to applause at the Newseum, a media museum in Washington, on Wednesday night.
“He has done everything he can to undercut the media, to try and delegitimise us, and I think his purpose is clear: to raise doubts when we report critically about him and his administration that we can be trusted. Back in 2017, he tweeted something that said far more about him than it did about us: ‘The fake news media is not my enemy. It is the enemy of the American people.’”
Wallace recalled that retired admiral Bill McRaven, a navy Seal for 37 years, had described Trump’s sentiment as maybe “the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime” because, unlike even the Soviet Union or Islamic terrorism, it undermines the US constitution.
The veteran broadcaster added:“Let’s be honest, the president’s attacks have done some damage. A Freedom Forum Institute poll, associated here with the Newseum, this year found that 29% of Americans, almost a third of all of us, think the first amendment goes too far. And 77%, three quarters, say that fake news is a serious threat to our democracy.”
When Trump hears about this, he’ll lose his mind, not just because Wallace had the hubris to stand up to him, but because Fox News is apparently letting this go on. That begs the question, once again, what is Fox News up to with it’s seeming betrayal of Trump by certain journalists and pundits over there? This is getting curiouser and curiouser.