One of Donald Trump’s biggest enemies in the media just confessed that the president is right about one thing: if Joe Biden wants a shot at winning in November, he needs to come out of hiding.
According to Fox News, Chris Wallace sat down with Trump for an explosive interview Sunday that touched on everything from the coronavirus pandemic to the 2020 election. Now, however, Wallace is wondering if former Vice President Biden, the Democrats’ presumptive nominee for the White House, would be willing to subject himself to the same scrutiny.
“The fact is, the president is out there,” Wallace told fellow Fox host Bret Baier on Monday, according to Fox. “He’s out there in this broiling heat with me for an hour, he took all the questions.”
Wallace went on: “You can like his answers or dislike them but he had answers and Joe Biden hasn’t faced that kind of scrutiny, hasn’t faced that kind of exposure.”
“Nasty and obnoxious”
Wallace is right: you can say what you want about Trump, but nothing ever seems to be out of bounds for him. He’s happy to answer questions from the media on his way to and from events, and the newest White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, has made herself more than available.
That transparency apparently earned Trump at least a little respect from Wallace, though it remains unclear if the feeling is mutual. Just in April, President Trump called the Fox host a “wannabe” of his father, journalist Mike Wallace, a point that Chris Wallace brought up in his Sunday interview.
“Some people were surprised when you agreed to this interview, to sit down with me,” the Fox host told Trump, according to a transcript from the network. “Especially because of some of the mean tweets that you’ve said about me. Mike Wallace wannabe. Nasty and obnoxious.”
Trump, for his part, admitted that he hasn’t been “a big fan of Fox” lately. “I’ll be honest with you. They’ve changed a lot since Roger Ailes,” Trump said, according to the transcript.
“Come out from the basement”
Speaking later in the interview, Trump addressed Joe Biden and his tendency to stay out of the public eye.
“He’s shot, he’s mentally shot,” Trump said of the former VP, according to the transcript. “Let him come out of his basement, go around, I’ll make four or five speeches a day, I’ll be interviewed by you, I’ll be interviewed by the worst killers that hate my — my guts. They hate my guts. There’s nothing they can ask me that I won’t give them a proper answer to… He can’t do an interview. He’s incompetent.”
While Chris Wallace didn’t go so far as to label Biden “incompetent,” he did express concern that the Democrat may be outshined by Trump whenever he does venture back outside.
“You’ve got to feel at some point he’s going to come out from the basement… He’s [going to] have to be more exposed and take questions just as tough as the ones I asked this president,” he told Baier on Monday, according to Fox. “He’s [going to] have to do it with a bunch of people and, of course, he’s going to have those three debates with the president and you know that the president can handle himself in these debates… I think there is an open question there, can Joe Biden do the same?”