NEW: Chris and President Trump sit down to discuss the recent spike in violence in major cities across the country. Tune in Sunday to catch the full interview. #FoxNewsSunday pic.twitter.com/r7hwgyVhKM
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) July 17, 2020
Courtesy of USA Today:
Fox News host Chris Wallace fact-checked President Donald Trump’s inaccurate claim during an interview that former Vice President Joe Biden is in favor of defunding the police, leading to a testy reaction.
In a clip released between the “FOX News Sunday” anchor and Trump – the entire interview will air Sunday – the president blamed “stupidly run” Democratic local governments for the increase in violence in some cities and implied the increase was the fault of the defund the police movement.
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“It’s gotten totally out of control and it’s really because they want to defund the police, and Biden wants to defund the police,” Trump said in the clip about the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Wallace interjected, “Sir, he does not.”
“Look, he signed a charter with Bernie Sanders,” Trump responded, referring to the unity platform released by Biden and the progressive Vermont senator that unveiled multiple progressive ideas and policy proposals.
The proposed Democratic Party platform does include a series of police reforms including banning choke holds, ending racial profiling and allowing victims of abuse to pursue civil litigation.
However, the platform does not support defunding the police, as Biden and his campaign have stated on multiple occasions.
Wallace points this out, saying the plan “says nothing about defunding the police.”
“Oh really? It says abolish, it says defund. Let’s go! Get me the charter, please,” Trump said, turning to speak to staff out-of-frame.
Here is Wallace recounting what happened off-camera when that staffer returned with that charter and Trump could not find any reference to defunding the police.
I have been laughing about this all evening. Might be the funniest thing Trump has ever done. You have to listen to Wallace’s description and then try to picture it. Trump: Bring me the documents! Then the documents prove him wrong. As the cameras roll. pic.twitter.com/52i6giHFTn
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) July 18, 2020
I am still not able to give Chris Wallace too much credit for being a truth-teller, but I will say that I appreciate what he did here.
The look on Trump’s face is of a man who NEVER gets corrected by ANYBODY.