Chris Wallace like many Americans is trying to understand the madness surrounding the Trump administration – thus the bizarre exchange with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. As Kellyanne Conway was getting grilled and ridiculed on “Meet The Press,” Priebus was getting the same treatment on “Fox News Sunday,” hosted by one the nation’s most respected and professional reporters, Chris Wallace. Mr. Wallace, who showed his talents as a journalist during the final presidential debate, went after Priebus for defending the fake claims about the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration that were made by Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
The Fox News anchor said what Mr. Spicer did was shocking and extraordinary. He went on to remind the audience that Donald Trump is not innocent either in this silly “inauguration crowd size” debacle that the country has been having for the past 24 hours.
At several gathering, the 45th president repeated the erroneous claim that he had the largest audience ever at his inauguration. Despite the fact that it was debunked, he kept spreading the dubious story.
Wallace posed a fascinating question to Priebus. He asked: “President Trump said in his inaugural address that every decision he makes would be to benefit American families. How does arguing about crowd size do that?”
Priebus immediately pivoted to the Trump’s team favorite scapegoat – the media. The former chair of the Republican National Committee said it is not really about crowd sizes, but about “honesty in the press.” He added, “we’re not gonna sit around and take it.”
He brought up Russia’ meddling in the 2016 race, and he spoke about Trump’s feud with Time Magazine over the claim that he removed the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office.
Trump did not dump the bust; he placed it on another table where it is less visible. Priebus stated: “The media from day one has been talking about delegitimizing the election. Talking about the Russians, talking about everything you can imagine except the fact that we need to move this country forward.
Wallace had zero interest in Priebus’ frustration with the media. Instead, he produced side-by-side pictures of Obama and Trump’s inaugurations and pointed to the obvious – the inaugural crowd for Obama was larger. Wallace said: “Take a look at those pictures. Which one is bigger?”
The two men went back and forth over the pictures with Wallace concluding that the exchange was silly and it was a pity that Trump did not talk about his agenda and instead focused on crowd sizes.