Fox’s Chris Wallace suggests Republicans ‘defunded the police’ by opposing Biden relief bill

Fox News’ Chris Wallace – no stranger to accusations of anti-conservative bias – engaged in a heated interview with GOP Rep. Jim Banks (IN) on Sunday in which the network host suggested that by opposing President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief bill it was Republicans, not progressives, who effectively “defunded the police,” as The Hill reported.

During Banks’ appearance on Fox News Sunday, Wallace grilled the congressman on his vote against a proposed emergency relief measure that would have provided additional funding to first responders, including police, implying that such a position was akin to withholding resources.

In response, Banks took issue with Wallace’s characterization, declaring, “Today Joe Biden is being held hostage in the White House by ‘the Squad’ and the radicals in the Democrat Party who control their party who have spent the last year stigmatizing one of the most honorable professionals in America in our law enforcement,” as Breitbart noted.

Explaining that the left’s attack on police goes much further than a single legislative vote, Banks added, “It’s not just about defunding the police, which they fully support, but over the last year, they talked about stripping qualified immunity, protections for police officers who do their job. They talk about cashless [bail] and decreasing sentences as well.”

Wallace was not having any of it, however, arguing that the anti-crime portion of Biden’s American Rescue Plan would mean, in the president’s own words, “more police officers, more nurses, more counselors, more social workers, more community violence interrupters to help resolve [incidents] before they escalate into crimes.”

Pointing out that Banks was part of the unanimous Republican vote against the package, Wallace said, “So can’t you make the argument that it’s you and the Republicans who are defunding the police?” and added, “The president is saying cities and states can use this money to hire more police officers…but you and every other Republican voted against this $350 billion.”

Amid a back-and-forth of crosstalk and irritated interruptions, Banks aptly underscored the broader problem at work, namely, that “When Representative [Ilhan] Omar says that policing is rooted in evil and Nancy Pelosi compares officers to stormtroopers, it is very difficult for police officers around the country to recruit people to become police officers.”

As he has demonstrated time and time again, Wallace is far less interested in getting to the truth and upholding journalistic standards than in cultivating his status as a member of the liberal media in-crowd that dominates D.C.

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Marine Bob (@guest_376282)
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1 month ago

Just proof that my idea of leaving fox news for NewsMax over a year ago was the correct action to take. Miss SOME of the readers, but not the liberals ethos of fox news. And of course I have to say that this is not an old or repeat statement.

larry ossler (@guest_376121)
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1 month ago

Wallace is a b. s…..loyal to the communists(dem’s)—makes any decent American want to throw-up!!!!

lmrretired (@guest_376440)
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Reply to  larry ossler
1 month ago

Chris Wallace is a white Juan Williams …….FOX will keep him around.

Pattie Kelly (@guest_376029)
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1 month ago

This is why Fox News is going down hill in ratings. They need to kick Wallace off the air or teach him how to be a journalist.

petru (@guest_376017)
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1 month ago

expel from FOX, this piece of s. he will be hired in china,russia and other terorists musulman country

Wendy Mantooth (@guest_375953)
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1 month ago

Wallace is a nerdy weasel..I cannot stand him and change the channel whenever he starts spouting his liberal b s.

glenna cox (@guest_376019)
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Reply to  Wendy Mantooth
1 month ago

fire wallace

ray pritchett (@guest_375910)
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1 month ago

Wallace was given the new talking points from Democrats trying to falsely change the message blaming Republicans for defending the police. The BIG LIE and everyone knows the Democrats have for over a year pushing defunding of police depatments and now that crime and murders are skyrocketing at record levels and the public are now asking why the Democrats find themselves in a bad position so they blame it on Republicans just like they tried to do with the Border wall. Wallace is a liberal and has no business being on Fox news. Get rid of him. The liberal media permeates most all of national media.

Vincent Graham (@guest_375769)
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1 month ago

Chris Wallace is nothing but a Democrat nut job period! Someone needs to persuade Chris wallace to seek mental help before its to late!

Gary Von Neida (@guest_375846)
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Reply to  Vincent Graham
1 month ago

Although I never listened to more than 1/2 of what he was spouting–he never impressed me as an ethical man.

bob (@guest_375757)
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1 month ago

One of the reasons we QUIT watching LIBERAL fox ,,,, Chris Wallace !!!!!

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1 month ago

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Ernie (@guest_375732)
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1 month ago

And he makes FOX lose viewers

Ernst (@guest_375716)
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1 month ago

Why is Fox News paying Chris Wallace? They could just as easily donate the money to the Democrat National Committee – same result.

Michael (@guest_375712)
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1 month ago

Ok Chris, seeing that throughout the year/plus, the Blue States have been doing nothing, but defund the police, so what makes Chris think that, those Blue States will use any of that money to hire more Police officers, when they are already taking, Millions away from the Police? Is Chris a fool, or what? Chris has got to be the most Nieve Fox News Reporter on their staff. Even the most of the common man can see through the schrade of this 300 Billion dollar/plus Bill to help the Blue States to pay off their pension plans, and such. Republicans are much smarter than the Fools on the Hill, and Chris Wallace.

Denise (@guest_375711)
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1 month ago

Wallace makes me sick. His father is disappointed in Him for ignoring the truth about Biden. When he comes on tv I change the channel.

Gordo1 (@guest_375704)
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1 month ago

As joey stealing Biden always says ” come on man ” . Chris Wallace has gone to the nut bag way to often and now he is bringing out the Saul Olinski idea of telling a lie until a large group of nuts believe it.

patrioted (@guest_375696)
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1 month ago

Chris Wallace is an idiot promoting the Nazi Party that own the Democrats.

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1 month ago

Hey Google, SHOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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