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Chris Wallace faces criticism for letting candidates run wild in first debate

Jacqueline Feldscher

“He lost control of the debate early, and failed to ever regain order,” Darcy said. “It appeared as if Wallace were pleading with Trump to respect the forum like a parent would plead an out-of-control child to behave.”

It wasn’t the only reference to Wallace’s behaving as if he were trying to wrangle toddlers.

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“Chris Wallace’s debate performance tonight is a great reminder that kindergarten teachers are underpaid,” Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” tweeted.

Trump also took issue with the moderator’s performance, retweeting a post that said comedian Joe Rogan would do a better job moderating the debate. There were also several calls for actor Samuel L. Jackson to moderate the next debate.

Some conservative leaders said they thought the Fox anchor, a registered Democrat, unfairly favored Biden by repeatedly urging Trump not to interrupt or go over his allotted speaking time. Wallace’s colleague Brian Kilmeade, a host of “Fox and Friends,” tweeted: “Why is @JoeBiden allowed to interrupt? @realDonaldTrump is not.”

Still, others wondered whether anyone could have reined in Trump.

“Without the ability to mute a microphone, what could another moderator have done?” journalist Yashar Ali tweeted.

Source:Politics, Policy, Political News Top Stories

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