Chris Wallace: Trump acceptance speech 'surprisingly flat'

Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceAnything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why Biden walks fine line with Fox News Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE early Friday morning called President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE's speech accepting the nomination to end the Republican National Convention "surprisingly flat," with the "Fox News Sunday" anchor saying the president's remarks "didn't seem to have the bite" of past addresses.

"The president went through all his accomplishments during his first term, and they are a great number and they are considerable, " Wallace said. "Then he went after Joe BidenJoe BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE, and he had some good lines ... but I have to say, his delivery, and we have seen the president turn on a crowd, was surprisingly flat and it didn't seem to have the bite that he usually does have in his speeches."

Trump's speech from the South Lawn of the White House lasted nearly 70 minutes with more than 1,500 in attendance, a stark contrast from Democratic nominee Joe Biden's acceptance speech from Delaware that lasted 24 minutes with no attendees due to the coronavirus pandemic.


After stating that the president's speech was "far too long," Wallace focused on the number of attendees sitting closely together amid the pandemic.

"The fact that there were 2,000 people in close quarters on the South Lawn there with no — seemingly, very few of them with masks — no social distancing, ignoring all of the public health recommendations, I suspect that is going to get a lot of comment in the next few days," Wallace noted.

Ratings for Trump's speech will be released Friday afternoon.

Biden's speech last week drew 21.8 million viewers.