It’s the day after a wild night and the nation has a hangover from the toxicity that Donald Trump spewed out and onto the airwaves of the world. Moderator Chris Wallace has taken a lot of heat for last night’s debacle — or maybe we should coin a new word “donbacle” because this happens all the time with Trump. In all events, Wallace spoke to the New York Times about the fiasco:

“I’m just sad with the way last night turned out.”

Chris Wallace, the “Fox News Sunday” anchor and moderator of Tuesday’s melee of a debate between President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr., was on the phone Wednesday from his home in Annapolis, Md., reflecting on — his words — “a terrible missed opportunity.”

“I never dreamt that it would go off the tracks the way it did,” he said. […]

“I’ve read some of the reviews, I know people think, Well, gee, I didn’t jump in soon enough,” Mr. Wallace said, his voice betraying some hoarseness from the previous night’s proceedings. “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.”

Recalling his thoughts as he sat onstage, with tens of millions of Americans watching live, Mr. Wallace said: “I’m a pro. I’ve never been through anything like this.”

With all due respect to Chris Wallace, he knows Donald Trump. He’s been covering him a number of years. The biggest criticism Wallace is taking today is that he should have cut the mic.

“As a practical matter, even if the president’s microphone had been shut, he still could have continued to interrupt, and it might well have been picked up on Biden’s microphone, and it still would have disrupted the proceedings in the hall,” he said.

And he noted that cutting off the audio feed of a presidential candidate is a more consequential act than some pundits give it credit for. “People have to remember, and too many people forget, both of these candidates have the support of tens of millions of Americans,” he said.

Wallace was in a difficult position to be sure. It’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback. But on the other hand, this went on for ninety minutes. it was evident from the beginning the direction Trump was going and he did not waver. It seems reasonable to expect that perhaps at the midway point, if not before. Wallace would have simply stopped the proceedings, taken a time out, something. Yes, it would have been an extraordinary step for him to take. But desperate times call for desperate measures and Trump is out of control. That’s been evident for quite some time. Trump respects no one and nothing and that isn’t going to change. Since Trump won’t adapt, moderators and journalists must — or it will be off the rails.

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15 Comments on "Chris Wallace: ‘I Never Dreamt It Would Go Off The Tracks The Way It Did’"

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mae
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For him to say he didn’t know trump would act in such a way is laughable. I don’t buy that excuse. Doesn’t matter anyway, Trump interrupted and bellowed for ninety minutes, and Wallace didn’t shut it down. He was the moderator.

Martini Mistress
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I agree 100%! Did any of us think that trump would react any differently than he did? Not me!

Concinnity
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Off the rails.

Like a train wreck.

Yep. That’s Trump in a nutshell.

Senovio Rodriguez
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To be more accurate, like a Trump wall… you knew crap was coming on down.

Sad, but true. Although does it make sound when there is nobody to film?

Bareshark
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He saw Trump as clear as the rest of us for the last four years. For him not to expect this level of trouble going is nothing short of willful blindness.

Lil Blue Sock
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And he noted that cutting off the audio feed of a presidential candidate is a more consequential act than some pundits give it credit for. “People have to remember, and too many people forget, both of these candidates have the support of tens of millions of Americans,” he said.

I coulbn’t disagree more….both parties agreed to two minutes uninterrupted for responses and Trump flagrantly broke the agreed to terms. Football teams don’t get a 5th down because they are “America’s Team”.

Senovio Rodriguez
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Quite true… but my team under Landry sure did get some “calls”… 🙂

Only the Colorado Buffaloes got a fifth down that I know off… and very interesting that the Xian coach didn’t mind … “cheating”.

WiccanWoman
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Not only didn’t tRump follow the rules he agreed to, he refused to answer any of the questions put to him. He constantly went off topic completely.

Denis Elliott
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I think Wallace, like many of us knew it would be really bad but he’s had his back & forth interviews with Trump multiple times and has gotten him settled down in the past to produce something that could be edited into a coherent presentation. Lord only knows what the outtakes look like! Still, I think Wallace naively believed he could cajole Trump to some degree, since he is after all Fox’s dean of actual news people and given he’s been slightly critical of Trump at times if the Murdochs wanted him gone he’d be gone. And Trump knows it.… Read more »
blueman
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My wife made the comment to me last night that Wallace looked like he supported Biden. I felt that way, too to a point. Some of the questions were framed in a FOX sort of way, but otherwise I feel he gave the Traitor enough rope to hang himself not just once, but two or three times.

Senovio Rodriguez
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Maybe. Or maybe he subliminally paid attention to “Fair and Balanced”?

Miranda
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The end of Trump. By Miranda Allison Young (Copyright 2020) He stands at the edge of the swamp which he swore that he would drain. But he did not do it, and now he will greatly regret it. He falls, face first, and begins flailing around in that deep, stinking swamp water as he slowly sinks further and further down to the bottom where the sucking evil things live which will slowly take his life. He gropes around in that nauseatingly putrid, fetid, foul, rancid water, trying to find something to grab onto so he can climb out, but it… Read more »
Fred Robinson
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The smart thing to do for any possible future debates is to have a warning system. Three strikes and the debate is terminated. Period. Then DO IT!

Scott Jackson
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It was dark last night. I had no phucking idea the sun would come up.

Bareshark
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“Three things cannot stay long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.” –Siddhartha Gautama AKA the Buddha