The fallout from the first presidential debate was predictable. Democrats thought President Trump was a bully. Republican supporters felt the “Sleepy Joe” nickname for Biden might not even be extreme enough. What did the Commission for Presidential Debates think about it? And more specifically, the performance of moderator Chris Wallace? Their statement released Wednesday were about as blah as the debate, stating they were “grateful for the professionalism and skill Fox News anchor Chris Wallace brought.”
The real haymakers were fired on social media by the media. CNN’s Jake Tapper described it as “a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck.”
“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah went the comedic, sympathetic route, “Chris Wallace’s debate performance tonight is a great reminder that kindergarten teachers are underpaid.”
Wallace didn’t catch a break from conservative leaders, who felt the Fox News anchor, who is a registered Democrat, was as biased as a boxing judge during the free-for-all.
Wallace’s colleague Brian Kilmeade of “Fox and Friends,” tweeted: “Why is @JoeBiden allowed to interrupt? @realDonaldTrump is not.”
There are two more debates scheduled this fall. Steve Scully of C-SPAN will moderate the next one, followed by Kristen Welker of USA Today. Not on the list is podcast host Joe Rogan, who fans are still calling for. President Trump re-tweeted a post calling for Rogan to officiate the next debate, and, not surprisingly, he fired off shots of his own, as well, tweeting, “Two on one was not surprising, but fun.”