Fox News presenter Chris Wallace has repeated repeatedly when Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar refused to acknowledge Joe Biden won the presidential election, telling Azar on Sunday morning that the title Biden’s current was “president-elect.”
During a contentious interview on Fox News SundayWallace spoke to Azar about the Trump administration’s response to the growing coronavirus crisis, noting that hospitalizations, deaths and cases are all at record highs.
While also pointing out that there is optimistic news with the vaccine distribution slated to begin in a few weeks, Wallace wanted to know if the uncontrolled spread of the virus is “the result of a massive failure by President Trump and his administration. “.
With the tone of the conversation set and Azar attempting to defend his boss’s handling of the disease that has now killed an estimated 280,000 Americans, Wallace went on to compare Biden’s public encouragement to wear a mask to Trump’s public violation of the law. practice from the start.
“If President Trump had worn a mask back then and urged everyone to wear a mask then in April, like Joe Biden is now, wouldn’t we be in much better shape? Wallace wondered aloud.
“Chris, I welcome Vice President Biden to the club. Since mid-April, the president’s directives for the reopening – ”replied Azar before Wallace intervened.
“He’s the president-elect, sir. He is the president-elect, ”said the Fox News Sunday moderator.
After Azar, meanwhile, referred to the moment a few months ago when the president called the wearing of masks “patriotic” as evidence that Trump publicly encouraged the wearing of a mask, prompting Wallace to push back while correcting again Azar on Biden.
“First, it’s President-elect Joe Biden, Secretary Azar, and second, the point is that the president said on the first day, April 3, that he was not going to wear a mask,” Wallace said. “He did not wear a mask in public for three months until July.”
“And last night at that rally in Georgia, not only was he not wearing a mask, but I was watching the rally,” he added. “Thousands of people gathered, I didn’t see any wearing a mask. This is a direct violation of what the CDC and you recommend. “
The president and his allies have flatly refused to accept President-elect Joe Biden’s decisive electoral victory last month by peddling baseless conspiracies of widespread electoral fraud, while Trump attempts to subvert democracy through long-term prosecution and calling on state legislatures to reject millions of votes. .
Fox News, meanwhile, angered Trump and MAGA fans over conservative Election Night’s screening that Biden won Arizona and joined other networks later in calling national elections for Biden.
While reporters in Fox’s news division have since branded Biden the on-air president-elect, many of the network’s hosts who boost Trump have continued to fan the flames of election denial and have given viewers hope for Fox that Trump will still be president on January. 21.
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