Joe Biden turned out to be the third wheel in tonight’s debate. For most of the night, it was Chris Wallace debating the president. Wallace claimed that President Trump called the white supremacists very fine people. Chris Wallace knew it was a lie but he agreed with Joe Biden. Wallace also claimed that Trump ended sensitivity training, which also is a lie.
After facing bipartisan criticism for his initial statement over the weekend, Trump was direct in his condemnation Monday.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America,” Trump said.
He added, “Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
President Trump stopped the teaching of the critical race theory. That is nothing similar to sensitivity training whatsoever. But the president was quite clear that he would not support a program that teaches people to hate America. No reasonable person would. But Chris Wallace is an advocate, not a moderator.
“It has come to the President’s attention that Executive Branch agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to date ‘training’ government workers to believe divisive, anti-American propaganda. These types of ‘trainings’ not only run counter to the fundamental beliefs for which our Nation has stood since its inception, but they also engender division and resentment within the Federal workforce … The President has directed me to ensure that Federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions.”
President Trump called Wallace on on how he was conducting the debate. Trump said, “First of all, I guess I’m debating you, not him,” Trump quipped. “But, that’s okay. I’m not surprised.” He was exactly right. It is not the moderator’s job to make a Democratic candidate look better than he is.
Let me point out a moderator has several jobs they must do but fact checking, especially false fact checking is not one of them. When you do, you are no longer a moderator, you are an advocate or a surrogate.
I don’t expect the next two debates to be much better. The next debate will be moderated by :
Kristen Welker from NBC is a member of the White House Press Corps, a horribly hostile Trump-hating group that thought it was funny to ridicule the president’s White House Spokeswoman on her looks at their annual dinner while she sat on the stage.
The third debate will be moderated by a former Biden intern.
And Steve Scully has an interesting resume. He was a former intern for JOE BIDEN!:
Scully received an undergraduate degree with honors in communication and political science from American University in Washington, D.C. During his degree he completed a study abroad program at the University of Copenhagen, served as an intern with Senator Joe Biden , and in Sen. Ted Kennedy’s media affairs office.
But Trump is a fighter and if these two moderators want to get down with Trump, the president will engage them. It’s one of the many things we love about this president. Besides, Joe needs all the help he can get.