Fox News anchor Chris Wallace tried going after President Donald Trump and it did not end well for him.
During an interview from the White House, Wallace rudely interrupted and tried to “fact check” the president’s assertion that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is in favor of defunding the police.
The president blamed a recent rise in violence in Chicago, New York, and other major cities on Democratic leadership, saying urban centers are “stupidly run.”
When Wallace noted that Democrats have led cities for decades, Trump suggested the increase in killings was because of the defund the police movement.
“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 a clip of the interview, which will air in its entirety on Sunday.
“Sir, he does not,” Wallace interjected.
“Look, he signed a charter with Bernie Sanders,” Trump shot back, referencing a lengthy unity platform unveiled by Biden and the Vermont senator that offers a number of progressive policy proposals.
“And it says nothing about defunding the police,” Wallace said.
“Oh really? It says abolish, it says defund. Let’s go. Get me the charter, please,” Trump said, turning to staff off camera.
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As noted by Fox News, Biden did say he would “redirect” funding from police departments.
Joe Biden said in an interview Wednesday that some funding should “absolutely” be redirected from police, amid calls from some in his party to “defund the police” in the wake of the protests across the country.
Biden’s campaign has said he does not support defunding the police. But in a Now This interview with activist Ady Barkan, the presumptive Democratic nominee said that police forces don’t need surplus military equipment, saying this is what leads them to “become the enemy” in a community.
“But do we agree that we can redirect some of the [police] funding?” Barkan asked Biden.
“Yes, absolutely,” said the former vice president.
Biden went on to call for police reforms.
“One of the things that we also need to be doing is fundamentally changing way we deal with our prison system,” he said. “It should be a rehabilitation system, not a punishment system. We’re going to make sure you’re qualified for every single right you had before you went to prison if you served your time.”