Fox News anchor Chris Wallace took a lot of heat from just about everyone for how he moderated and handled the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Now, he has made another round of eyebrow-raising comments about Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris.
At the conclusion of the VP debate on Wednesday night, Wallace praised Harris for achieving what he considered to be her debate goal – to appear “presidential” and qualified to be “a heartbeat away from the presidency.”
Wallace said: “I think going into tonight, the Biden campaign had one concern, and it wasn’t whether or not Kamala Harris was going to be sufficiently likable.
“It was whether or not people were going to be able to at the end of the night to envision her as being a heartbeat away from the presidency, which she in terms of her knowledge, command of the facts, her policy, would she seem presidential?” he said.
He added, “and I don’t think she did anything at all tonight to disqualify herself in that sense.”
“So, if they came into the night leading, I think they left the night, the Biden campaign, did with the lead,” Wallace concluded.
Wallace spoke out last week about the first presidential debate and wasted little time blaming President Trump.
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.