Fox News is really taking a turn these days, and some of the segments the network has been airing have been downright shocking. As a network who greatly contributed to the divide in this country by feverishly supporting Donald Trump, it seems Fox is trying to turn over a new leaf and become somewhat respectable — and what Fox News anchor Chris Wallace did today was a major step in the right direction.
In an interview with Trump official Mick Mulvaney, Wallace grilled him about Trump’s long history of anti-Muslim rhetoric after the terrible gun massacre that took place at a New Zealand mosque recently — and pretty much made Trump look like a white supremacist in the process.
During the interview, Wallace called out all the times Trump made anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant statements that were strikingly similar to the words and language that the gunman used in his 74-page manifesto. Pointing out that the shooter had called Trump “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose” Wallace asked Mulvaney, “What does the president think of that?”
Watching Mulvaney squirm through this is priceless. He completely ignored the fact that the shooter was CLEARLY a Trump supporter and replied, “I don’t think it’s fair to cast this person as a supporter of Donald Trump.”
Wallace followed up with this:
Some critics have said that he has contributed over the years to an anti-Muslim climate. Here is one of his statements from the campaign.”
To drive the point home, Wallace played footage of Trump saying, “I think Islam hates us.” He then said:
Some folks were disturbed that after we saw the manifesto, after the shooting, which said that he was doing this to kill quote “invaders,” the president said this when he was signing his veto message.”
This was followed by a video of Trump calling immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border “an invasion.” Wallace asked:
Has he considered, given the fact that some people seem to feel that he has given them cover, has he considered giving a major speech condemning anti-Muslim white supremacist bigotry?”
Mulvaney tried to recover and say “There’s folks who just don’t like the president, and everything that goes wrong, they’re going to look for a way to tie that to the president, so so they see the word ‘invaders’ in the manifesto… and they say ‘oh there must be some connection between this.’”
However, it was a lost cause. Wallace countered that Trump’s comments were made before the shooting and “invaders” reference was published in the manifesto. Wallace said:
Let me just ask, to the degree that there was an issue with white supremacist white nationalist anti-Muslim bigotry in this country, and there is, why not deliver a speech condemning it?”
Why not make a speech, and make it clear that there is no place in America for this kind of hatred?”
The entire interview is journalistic gold and proves that when they want to, the reporters at Fox News can actually do their job. You can watch Wallace destroy Mulvaney below:
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