A senior advisor to President Donald Trump’s campaign did what many of us had wanted to do. He eviscerated the first presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace.
Trump campaign adviser Steve Corte was interviewed on “Fox News Sunday” by Wallace where he laced into the host for his performance at the first debate, BizPac Review reported.
“The rules from the Cleveland Clinic could not have been more clear. Everyone in the audience has to wear a mask. … After the first family came in, they all took off their masks. So did the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows. Do they think that the health and safety rules for everybody else do not apply for them?” Wallace said to Cortes on Sunday.
But when Cortes began to respond that “everybody was tested before that event” he was interrupted by a furious Wallace.
“Steve, it doesn’t matter! Steve, everybody that was in that room was tested, and the Cleveland Clinic’s regulations was that it doesn’t matter! Everybody except for the three of us on the stage had to wear a mask, and people from the Cleveland Clinic came over and offered the first family masks, and they were waved away!” Wallace shouted.
“And the Commission on Presidential Debates has issued a statement saying that from now on, if you don’t wear a mask, you’re going to be escorted from the hall. So forget this question of being tested beforehand. Everybody was tested beforehand,” he said before Cortes attempted, again, to answer and was cut off.
“No! I’m going to finish my question!” he shouted. “Everybody was told to wear a mask. Why did the first family and the chief of staff feel that the rules for everybody else didn’t apply for them?”
“We believe in masks. We also believe in some element of individual choice. People were distanced, and they had been tested. Both of those things were true in that …” Cortes said as he was cut off again.
“No, Steve, they weren’t distanced, and there were rules, and there was no freedom of choice. They broke the rules. Why did they break the rules?” Wallace said.
The harassment continued until Cortes finally hit Wallace with what he did at the first presidential debate.
“Chris, the way you’re starting to harangue me now reminds me of what you did to the president during that debate on Tuesday night,” Cortes said.
A sarcastic and indignant Wallace responded, “Oh yeah, I harangued him!”
But Cortes was not distracted by the hosts sarcasm and continued.
“[Trump] had debated Biden, but you as well. You were not a neutral moderator then. I don’t mind tough questions, but what I don’t think it’s OK is for you to become the effective opposition to the president,” the adviser said.
“Steve, let me just say the president interrupted me and the vice president 145 times, so I object to saying I harangued the president. I know it’s the talking point,” the host said.
But if you watched the debate you witnessed what Wallace did, and there is not a word he can say that is going to change that.