Fox News’ Chris Wallace seems to have zero concern over his poor standing with many of the right-leaning network’s dedicated viewers, which was especially apparent over the weekend in a conversation he had with a sitting Republican lawmaker.
According to The Hill, during a discussion about defunding police departments with Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) on Fox News Sunday, Wallace had the audacity to suggest to the Indiana congressman that it’s Republicans who are ultimately responsible for defunding the police, which sparked a contentious debate between the two.
“Can’t you make the argument that it’s you and the Republicans who defunded the police?” Wallace asked, basing the question on Banks’ vote against President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which had some funds set aside for police departments.
What Wallace didn’t bring up is the fact that while police departments can receive grants from state and federal government programs and legislation, police departments’ daily operations are funded by the localities that they serve, and the “defund the police” movement, which is linked to Black Lives Matter (BLM) and other radical leftist activist groups, are not Republican-led efforts, by any means.
Banks made sure Wallace was aware of that in his reply to the asinine line of questioning.
“When Rep. [Ilhan] Omar [D-Minn.] says that policing is rooted in evil, and [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] compares police officers to Nazi storm troopers, it makes it very difficult for police departments around the country to recruit police officers,” Banks said.
As The Washington Times’ opinion writer Cheryl K. Chumley observed in Wallace’s craftily-worded, ridiculous question, the Fox anchor seemed to be “more interested in scoring cheap career points against Republicans, however, than serving the public with truths. And this is why Americans have no respect for the media. This is why ‘fake news’ became such a splash.”
She also correctly pointed out that Republicans didn’t support the Democrat-led American Rescue Plan because the $360 billion set aside in the legislation for police “was actually tied up in a boondoggle of a Biden plan to redistribute wealth and call it coronavirus relief,” to the tune of roughly $1.9 trillion.
Republicans not supporting the ARP bill is not even remotely close in comparison to the radical, Marxist city councils across the country voting in favor of hamstringing local police departments, and Wallace knows that, but, instead, chose to be intellectually dishonest.