A television celebrity who failed to keep a significant political event running smoothly commended the Democratic Party for making a compelling case to convict former President Trump.
Chris Wallace applauded Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and his Democrat impeachment managers for winning his admiration at the Senate trial of Donald Trump.
After listening to Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) explain why the former president should be found guilty of the so-called charge of inciting insurrection, the “Fox News Sunday” host believed there was no argument.
“I thought Joe Neguse, the congressman from Colorado, made a particularly strong argument [and] … I thought his close was very strong,” he said in a video. “As someone who has covered a lot of trials: when you hear one side’s argument, it seems like that is overwhelming—and how could there be any argument on the other side?”
Wallace also thought the Democrats did a brilliant job of presenting a selectively edited video of President Trump’s speech to the March to Save America Rally as proof he was responsible for starting the Capitol riots on Jan. 6.
“I thought it was a very powerful opening. It had a lot of substance to it. It had a lot of technological slickness to it,” he said. “The video of the events of Jan. 6; the use of graphics to make the point about what is in the Constitution, [and] the historical precedent.”
Raskin and his impeachment managers were recently caught manipulating the former president’s address to the rally.
An investigative report found that essential parts of President Trump’s speech were edited out from the video recording before being presented to the Senate impeachment trial. The speech omitted his plea for supporters to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
“The video shows Trump saying, ‘We’re going to walk down, and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down … to the Capitol,'” Breitbart journalist Kristina Wong said.
“The video then cuts to supporters yelling, ‘Let’s take the Capitol!’ and ‘We are going to the Capitol!’ It then cuts to people trying to get past fence barriers, and then to an earlier part of Trump’s speech where he said regarding his fight against the election results, ‘We fight like hell.'”
The video ends with various violent confrontations between police officers and extreme rioters who repeatedly chant “Fight for Trump.”
However, a full transcript of the speech obtained by the Washington Post reveals President Trump asked supporters to act peacefully and within the law.
“We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated,” he said.
“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. Today, we will see whether Republicans stand strong for the integrity of our elections. But whether or not they stand strong for our country—our country; our country has been under siege for a long time. Far longer than this four-year period.”
Wallace previously rejected any suggestion he allowed the first presidential debate to get out of control on Sept. 29, 2019.
He was widely criticized for allowing too many interruptions from both President Trump and then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
A Fox News analysis estimated the president interrupted Biden’s answers and Wallace’s questions a total of 145 times throughout the 90-minute event.