Moderating the first presidential debate, Fox News commentator Chris Wallace repeated the lie about Charlottesville – that President Trump referred to white supremacists as very fine people. That fabricated falsehood has been repeatedly debunked, and Wallace knows that.
The facts are well known. A rally of citizens wishing to preserve local historical monuments was joined by opposing political activists seeking to tear down statues. These are the groups, with diverse opinions, that President Trump identified – not, as liberal media agents promote, members of the KKK.
Nevertheless, Wallace chose to repeat this lie for millions of viewers to hear. He then went on to ask President Trump:
…are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities as we saw in Kenosha and as we’ve seen in Portland.Chris Wallace
Putting aside for the moment that these are Biden supporters (Antifa & Black Lives Matter), which are responsible for observed riots and violence – why ask this question? After all, as co-moderator of the Republican primary debate on March 3, 2016, in Detroit, Michigan, Chris Wallace asked then candidate Donald Trump:
Governor Romney talked about your position on race and the controversy over your failure to denounce David Duke on Sunday. You have repeatedly disavowed him since then, but I’d like to go deeper on that. What are your views on the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists?Chris Wallace
Of course, Wallace never asked Biden to denounce Black Lives Matter or Antifa – because these are his supporters, he can’t.
And, contrary to failed efforts accusing President Trump of racism, it is former Vice President Joe Biden who has a record of racist remarks.
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh had an interesting take on why debate moderator Chris Wallace repeated himself:
There is a reason this question is continually asked, particularly right now, and it’s because it’s very possible that the Democrat candidate is bleeding black votes in their internal polling.Rush Limbaugh
As such, Chris Wallace was happy to regurgitate talking points for the Left.