Chris Wallace says Trump 'bears the primary responsibility for what happened' at debate

Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceYarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' NIH director expects booster shots to be expanded, despite recommendation MORE addressed his experience again moderating the chaotic Tuesday presidential debate, saying President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE was predominantly to blame for repeated interruptions and disorder.

Wallace's fellow Fox News host, Bill Hemmer, interviewed him about his experience Thursday, asking the journalistm, “I know you had a plan [for moderating the debates]. At what point did that plan blow up?”

Wallace said that he initially thought President Trump interrupting Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE was preferable to “these debates becom[ing] parallel news conferences” but “it became clearer and clearer over time that… the president was determined to try to butt in and throw Joe Biden off.”  

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The “Fox News Sunday” host pointed to an analysis indicating Trump interrupted Biden more than once a minute, saying “he bears the primary responsibility.”

Wallace suggested Trump’s frequent interruptions had been to his own detriment as well, telling Hemmer "I think if the President had stepped back and let Biden give his answers he could've been more effective in picking them apart."

He went on to say the audience had been deprived of a debate that substantively addressed serious political issues. “I had gotten together all these ingredients, I had baked this beautiful delicious cake, and then frankly the president put his foot in it, and that was frustrating” for both himself and Americans at large, Wallace said.  

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The host has said he was “sad” about the outcome of the debate, but that he disagrees with reported plans by the Commission on Presidential Debates to allow future moderators to mute candidates’ microphones.

“[P]eople have to remember, and too many people forget, both of these candidates have the support of tens of millions of Americans,” he told the New York Times.

The first presidential debate that took place in the battleground state of Ohio Tuesday was a turbulent affair during which both Trump and Biden hurled personal attacks at one another. Both the former vice president and Trump took aim at the other's intelligence. 

At one point, Biden called Trump a "clown" and a "liar", while the president took aim at the former vice president's college ranking.