Mark Sanford, the South Carolina congressman-elect who notoriously lied and said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail when he was actually in Argentina having an affair, on Sunday compared Fox News to The National Enquirer after a host asked him if he had set a date to marry his mistress.
During a Mother’s Day interview following Sanford’s win in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, Fox News host Chris Wallace asked the former governor what he had learned from the scandal.
“You learn a lot!” Sanford asserted from his shotgun-adorned home on Seabrook Island. “You probably learn more in the valleys of life than you do in the mountain tops with regards to God’s grace, with regard to the reflective grace through the people that you walk with on a daily basis. I have to say that I learned a lot about judgment, I learned a lot about forgiveness.”
“You are now engaged to the women with whom you had the affair, Maria Belen Chapur,” Wallace noted. “What did your four boys think of that and have they accepted her?”
“I’m not going to go into inter-family conversations,” Sanford insisted. “But I would just say it is what it is.”
“Do you have a date for your wedding and will your fiance come to Washington to live with you?” the Fox News host pressed, adding, “I feel like I’m The National Enquirer here.”
“Exactly!” the South Carolina Republican laughed. “What is this Fox News or National Enquirer? So, I’m not going to make news on that front tonight — or this morning.”
Watch this video from the Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast May 12, 2013.