President Donald Trump continued his onslaught against Fox News host Chris Wallace, moderator of Tuesday night’s presidential debate in Cleveland, during a raucous 9:00 p.m. rally in Duluth, Minnesota.
Spoiler: the fired-up crowd was all in.
Let’s first get this out of the way. Wallace might as well have walked over and sidled up next to Democrat nominee Joe Biden so Trump could look at both of them at the same time, as the two registered Democrats tag-teamed him throughout the debate.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 1, 2020
Trump, who has torched both Wallace and Fox News in the past, told the crowd he was “so disappointed” with Wallace’s one-sided performance. Excerpts, via a transcript provided by Rev:
“Can you imagine these people the way they take over these Democrats cities? I don’t even believe it. The whole nation saw the truth. Did you see last night, name one, I said, “Sleepy Joe, name one law enforcement group that supports you.” Then, Chris Wallace says, “Don’t do that.” Can you believe this guy? I was debating two people last night.”
“I said, “Name one group in the entire nation,” I’ve got Minnesota now, I’ve got everybody, “name one group in the entire nation from law enforcement that’s supporting you.” Well, well, well, thank Chris Wallace, “Okay. let’s go to the next question. He’s in trouble. He’s in trouble. Let me protect him for Fox.”
It was clear from the outset that Trump’s strategy was to disrupt the hapless Biden as much as possible. At one point, Wallace said: “Mr. President, I’m the moderator of this debate and I’d like you to let me ask my questions.” “I guess I’m debating you, not him,” Trump fired back. “I’m not surprised.”
Founder and president of the Turning Point USA super PAC, author, and Fox News contributor Charlie Kirk concisely encapsulated the 96-minute “sh*t show,” as described by many, this way:
Chris Wallace interrupted Donald Trump 76 times last night.
He only interrupted Joe Biden 15 times.
Trump shouldn’t have to debate two opponents at once, but he did—and he STILL won.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 30, 2020
Trump summarized his thoughts in a Wednesday morning tweet, saying it was “fun” being tag-teamed by Wallace and Biden.
“Chris had a tough night. 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!”
Chris had a tough night. 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! https://t.co/BGbPVHau3M
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2020
Couple of thoughts.
There’s no doubt that Trump hit the stage with a plan to disrupt — to knock Biden off his game, hopefully sending “Sleepy Joe” to that magical land in his vacant mind where 200 million Americans have died from COVID, he was in the Senate for 180 years, kids still like to feel his hairy legs in swimming pools, and Corn Pop is still a bad dude.
During the 1960 presidential debate between Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard Nixon, a majority of people who watched the debate on television thought Kennedy won. Simply put, Nixon had no personality and looked really bad under the hot TV lighting. On the other hand, a majority of people who listened to the debate on the radio called Nixon the winner.
As the Trump-Biden debate began, I became nervous as hell. The further it went, the more unsettled I became. Let’s be honest. Trump looked angry, sweaty, and on the defensive, right out of the chute.
But here’s the thing. How could a sane person who’s paid a modicum of attention over the last five years blame him? The poor guy has been skewered by The Left and the liberal media sock puppets — non-stop — ever since he and Melania rode down the escalator in Trump Tower in June, 2015, to announce his candidacy.
Here’s the other thing. Wednesday morning, I read the debate transcript. I read it again, last night. Carefully so.
As was the case with the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debate, it was clear to me that what even many Republicans saw as a bad night for Trump was not bad at all. In fact, as I read the transcript — twice — Trump torched Biden, who only seemed to be able to mutter, “That’s not true,” time and time again.
And of course to look to Chris Wallace for help — who kindly obliged.
If you missed the debate or haven’t seen any of the “highlights” (if so, were you under a rock somewhere?), we earlier today covered some of Wallace’s “greatest hits” — worst debate moments.
And if you missed the rally, here it is in its entirety: