Chris Wallace to Colbert: US hasn't seen this level of unrest since 1968

Fox News's Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceMnuchin: Democrats will 'have a lot of explaining to do' if they want to challenge Trump orders in court Pelosi: Trump executive actions 'are illusions' Trump teases order requiring insurers to cover preexisting conditions MORE told CBS "Late Show" host Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin previews GOP coronavirus relief package GOP official says Elizabeth Warren 'endorses voter fraud' after joke about Bailey voting for Biden Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed MORE that the United States hasn't been this tumultuous since 1968, with the "Fox News Sunday" anchor adding that the state of 2020 may be worse due to the "added feature" of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Have you ever seen anything like the moment we’re going through right now?” Colbert asked Wallace as his first question.  

“The only year that comes to mind is 1968,” Wallace replied. "The Vietnam war was raging, Lyndon B. Johnson said he wasn't running for reelection, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the protests and cities on fire, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, and the protests on the streets of Chicago during the Democratic convention." 

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Wallace added that the current year was also different due to the "added feature" of the "pandemic and the economic collapse that came with it."  

"Well, another added feature for 2020 is you have all these retired military coming out and expressing their criticism, their distress, their dismay at the behavior of our present president,” Colbert noted, citing recent scathing remarks by former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Most VA workers find racism 'moderate to serious problem' at facilities l Trump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war Trump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war: report Trump prizes loyalty over competence — we are seeing the results MORE, former Secretary of State Colin PowellColin Luther PowellOvernight Defense: Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief | Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure | State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief Trump participates in swearing-in of first African American service chief MORE and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen.

Later in the interview, Colbert read back some tweets from the president highly critical of Wallace.

 

“Does it make you feel good when this happens? Because if a journalist makes the comfortable uncomfortable, and the powerful a little bit on edge, haven’t you done your job?” Colbert asked.

“Yes, generally speaking, I would agree with that,” Wallace replied, adding that “both sides” become angry with his reporting and perspective periodically.