Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden rejected “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace’s request for an interview, fanning the flames of criticism that the former vice president is afraid to face questioning
“In our interview last week with President Trump, he questioned whether his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, could handle a similar encounter. This week, we asked the Biden campaign for an interview and they said the former vice president was not available,” Wallace said on his show Sunday. “We’ll keep asking every week,” he added.
The statement by Wallace came one week after Trump’s wide-ranging interview on his program, during which the commander-in-chief questioned whether the former vice president would be able to handle such hard-hitting questions.
The president told the Fox News host that Biden would be “crying for mommy” if forced to answer the same kinds of questions from Wallace.
“Let Biden sit through an interview like this, he’ll be on the ground crying for mommy. He’ll say ‘Mommy, mommy, please take me home,’” the president said.
“Well, we’ve asked him for an interview, sir,” Wallace replied.
“He can’t do an interview. He’s incompetent,” Trump said in response.
Immediately after that interview, Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield released a statement addressing claims made during the hour-long sitdown.
“For over a year, Donald Trump and his campaign have cycled through the same self-defeating attacks against Joe Biden and have failed to get traction on a single one.
“President Trump gave it yet another go on ‘Fox News Sunday’ this morning. He lurched from smear to smear, all while being forcefully corrected on most, including the lie that Joe Biden wouldn’t keep the American people safe and supports defunding the police — which has been fact-checked into oblivion over the last month,” Bedingfield said.
She neglected, however, to address the issue of Biden making his own appearance on the program.
One day after his interview with Trump, Wallace told fellow Fox News host Bret Baier that he believed Biden should put himself up to the same scrutiny and sit down for an interview.
“The fact is, the president is out there. He’s out there in this broiling heat with me for an hour, took all the questions,” he said in an appearance on Baier’s program last Monday, “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.”
“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.”
Biden has faced criticism in recent months from President Trump and others of avoiding media scrutiny by making fewer appearances. And when he did appear in public, he always refuses to take any questions from the MSM or audience in general.
The former vice president made headlines back in May for his “you ain’t black” comment on “The Breakfast Club,” a radio program hosted by prominent African American influencer Charlamagne tha God. The interview itself, however, took nearly a year to book, according to the New York Times.
“They offered to have a black surrogate on the show,” Charlamagne, whose real name is Lenard Larry McKelvey, told the paper in an interview earlier this year. Charlamagne said Biden’s refusal to appear on the show concerned him, as it appeared that black voters weren’t a priority to him. To make matters worse, almost every other Democratic primary hopeful had appeared on the show by the spring of 2019.
Biden finally spoke to Charlamagne in an 18-minute video appearance where he was challenged on the possibility of a black female running mate, something the radio personality has argued for, and his 1994 crime bill. Toward the end of the discussion, an aide interrupted the interview, saying, “Thank you so much. We are out of time. I apologize.”
“You can’t do that to black media!” Charlamagne replied.
“I do that to white media and black media because my wife has to go on at 6 o’clock,” Biden, 77, snapped back, apparently referring to a planned media appearance by Jill Biden.
“Listen, you’ve got to come see us when you come to New York, VP Biden,” Charlamagne, 41, said. “It’s a long way until November. We’ve got more questions.”
“You’ve got more questions?” Biden responded. “Well, I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Biden later apologized for those remarks, though another interview with “The Breakfast Club” is not yet scheduled. And probably never will be at this point.
It’s insane to think about a man running for POTUS who makes erratic statements like Joe Biden does. How anyone could vote for him is mindblowing to say the least. Needless to say, we can not wait for the debate between Biden and Trump. IF Biden’s handlers will LET him debate that is…