During the last two debates, Trump wasn’t only against Hillary Clinton on stage, he was also against the moderators. For the third and final presidential debate, Chris Wallace from Fox News will be the moderator.
While the moderator of tonight’s debate will be a Republican from a non-liberal news source, some are still skeptical if Trump will be treated fairly tonight since he and Wallace have had a bit of a rocky relationship with each other in the past.
Back in January Wallace said the media is not being hard enough on Trump.
In an interview with TheWrap, Wallace said “I think if anything, the media has treated him too well. By that I mean they’ve allowed him to play by different rules. If I were another candidate I’d be going a little bit crazy about the fact that Trump gets so much more air time than anyone else does.”
In June after Trump launched his campaign he called out Chris Wallace on Twitter, saying he wasn’t as professional as his father.
The great Mike Wallace covered me in a much more professional manner than his son, Chris Wallace of @FoxNews. Mike was a total pro!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2015
During a Republican primary debate in March, Wallace was one of the moderators and he fact checked Trump on numbers related to his plan for reducing the federal deficit.
Wallace put a graphic up on the screen and said “Your numbers don’t add up, sir.”
While Wallace has fact checked Trump in the past, he said he doesn’t think it is his job to step in.
“That’s not my job,” Wallace said. “I do not believe that it’s my job to be a truth squad. It’s up to the other person to catch them on that. I certainly am going to try to maintain some semblance of equal time if one of them is filibustering, I’m going to try to break in respectfully and give the other person a chance to talk.”
He did say though if Trump and Hillary don’t fact check each other he may step in and do it himself.
“This is a debate,” Wallace said. “And, you know, they’re both going to be on the stage. If I think there’s a need for me to intervene, I will, but I would prefer not to.”
Of all the TV appearances Trump has made in the past 18-months, especially on Fox News, Trump has never appeared on Wallace’s Sunday show. Reason being is Wallace would not allow Trump to call in on the phone. Trump often appears on Fox News by phoning in, versus sitting in the studio or via satellite. Wallace said he does not allow politicians to call into his show, which is recorded in Washington DC.
There is some tension between these two men. No doubt about it.
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