During an afternoon appearance on Fox News, longtime host Chris Wallace lectured the network’s conservative audience for using the apparent racial attack hoax by actor Jussie Smollett to smear liberals.
Speaking with The Daily Briefing host Dana Perino, who brought up the ongoing exposure of Smollett for fabricating an attack that was blamed on supporters of Donald Trump, with the president weighing in on it on Twitter, Wallace had a different take on the matter.
As Perino suggested, “So this is all playing out in a way that might lead to a bigger discussion,” Wallace failed to agree.
“Yeah. I gotta say I’m not very comfortable with that,” Wallace replied. “I think the people that should be held responsible for these activities are the people who actually did them.”
Wallace alluded to Trump supporter Cesar Sayoc, who was taken into custody for sending letter bombs to liberal lawmakers and media personalities, saying that was limited to a “single nut down in Florida.”
“This [Smollett] doesn’t show anything about victimhood or liberal politics,” Wallace lectured. ““When anybody on the left or the right tries to draw lessons from a crime then they run into danger—they make a mistake.”
“Jussie Smollett is the person who’s responsible here, not liberal politics. If it had been true, it would have been the two thugs who did it, not Donald Trump or his supporters,” he added.
Robert Reich makes case for why Sanders or Warren—’not some billionaire-backed milquetoast moderate’—offer best chance to beat Trump
"These two have most of the grassroots energy, most of the enthusiasm, and most of the ideas that are critical for winning in 2020."
Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich released a video Tuesday explaining his case for why Sens. Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren pose a far better chance of defeating President Donald Trump in 2020 than "some billionaire-backed milquetoast moderate."
‘Nakedly authoritarian’: Trump taunts security guard for not being rough with woman protester
"One of his ugliest and most troubling performances in recent memory," one observer said of Trump's rally in Pennsylvania.
During a campaign rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania Tuesday night, just hours after House Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment, President Donald Trump criticized an arena security guard for not being sufficiently rough while removing a woman who protested the event.
Russian TV to air comedy starring Ukraine president
Russian TV was set Wednesday to start airing a popular comedy series starring Ukraine's actor-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky as new efforts were underway to de-escalate a conflict in east Ukraine.
The Russian premiere of "Servant of the People", to screen on the entertainment channel TNT, comes two days after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Zelensky met in Paris for their first face-to-face talks.
Zelensky, 41, is a former comedian and TV actor who shot to fame in ex-Soviet Ukraine after portraying a schoolteacher in "Servant of the People" who becomes president when his expletive-laden tirade goes viral.