It is rare for anyone at Fox News to criticize or fact-check Donald Trump, even when he says that injecting bleach into a person might help clear up COVID-19 or that windmills cause cancer. For that reason, it was surprising, and especially so to Trump, when he repeated his false claims that Joe Biden wants to defund police but was not allowed to get away with it.
Fox's Chris Wallace fact checks Trump and tells Trump that he's wrong to claim that Biden wants to defund the police. pic.twitter.com/arNNZb8K01
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 17, 2020
While discussing a rising crime rate, Trump blamed it on Democrats and Democrat-run cities by saying “it’s because they want to defund the police — and Biden wants to defund the police.” Interviewer and Fox News host Chris Wallace corrected him, saying “sir, he does not.”
Trump grew agitated, talking about a charter that Biden signed with Senator Bernie Sanders. Wallace agreed that Biden had signed such a document but said that it did not include any language about defunding the police.
Trump bristled. “Oh really? It says abolish. It says…let’s go. Get me the charter, please” he said to someone off camera. Someone fetched a copy and Trump picked out passages he disagreed with, but wasn’t able to find any mention of defunding police or abolishing law enforcement. Wallace said in a segment afterward that Trump then went on another tangent, saying things about Biden that he had “never heard before.” In other words, more stuff that he just made up.
Twitter got quite a laugh out of Trump’s fact-check experience. Read some of their comments below:
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