Moderator Chris Wallace tries in vain to rein in an unruly Trump at first US presidential election debate
CLEVELAND (NYTIMES) - On the eve of the first presidential debate, Chris Wallace of Fox News declared his goal as the evening's moderator: 'My job is to be as invisible as possible.' Quite.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
With a pugilistic President Donald Trump relentlessly interrupting his opponent Joe Biden, Wallace repeatedly struggled on Tuesday (Sept 29) to keep the proceedings coherent, reduced at times to pleading with the president to pause and allow his opponent to speak.
"Mr President, I am the moderator of this debate, and I would like you to let me ask my question and then you can answer it," Wallace, sounding more headmaster than moderator, instructed Mr Trump early on. (Mr Trump, the headstrong student, did not accede.)
Known for his sharp interrogations of political figures, Wallace - at 72 the youngest of the three men onstage - succeeded in keeping Mr Trump more or less in check during his first go-round as moderator four years ago, when the pundits declared the veteran Fox News anchor a clear winner of the night.
On Tuesday, Wallace faced harsh reviews as viewers assessed his performance on social media."Moderate this debate - now," presidential historian Michael Beschloss demanded on Twitter 15 minutes in, speaking for a large swathe of the political class.
In a brute-force style, Mr Trump flouted the agreed-upon ground rules and refused to allow Mr Biden his two minutes to respond to questions, leaving Wallace yelping at one point:"Let him answer."Not satisfied with merely speaking over his Democratic opponent, Mr Trump took aim at the moderator, too, repeatedly scolding Wallace.
"I guess I'm debating you, not him, but that's OK. I'm not surprised," Mr Trump said after one query from Wallace which he disliked.'Shut up': First presidential debate begins The debate had no breaks. But at the midway point, perhaps sensing that Mr Trump was threatening to steamroll the event, Wallace did something unusual for a presidential moderator: He effectively called the debate to a temporary halt.
"The country would be better served if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions," Wallace said, directly asking Mr Trump to yield a higher civic ideal."I'm appealing to you, sir, to do it."Nodding at Mr Biden, the president replied defiantly:"And him, too?"
"Well, frankly, you've been doing more interrupting," Wallace replied. Read more: The Straits Times »
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Let me give an example: if someone say ruling party calling for 10 million population in Singapore and Vivian not given chance to reply, that wouldn't be fair. Should have stated no blame and for each candidate to state their action plan. Calling for answer for insubstantial news during election period isn't helping in the debate.
That’s a hot take if I’ve ever seen one. Wow.
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