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Ainsley Earhardt defends Chris Wallace after Ted Cruz slam: 'We love him'

"Fox & Friends" co-host Ainsley Earhardt defended colleague Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBiden adviser: 'He does not have any concern' about Trump lawsuits Public health expert: Americans no longer acting 'with common purpose' on pandemic Anti-Defamation League criticizes White House appointee 'who has consorted with racists' MORE during an interview with Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration proceeds with rollback of bird protections despite objections | Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians | EU 2019 greenhouse gas emissions down 24 percent Trump's NATO ambassador pledges 'seamless' transition to Biden administration MORE (R-Texas) on Thursday after he said the "Fox News Sunday" anchor did a "terrible job" during the first presidential debate last week.

The back-and-forth comes after Cruz defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE’s decision to reject the Commission on Presidential Debate’s move to shift the second scheduled debate with Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  MORE to a virtual format in the wake of Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.

“Look, I think the president's right on this. And unfortunately, I think this is a pattern we've seen play out throughout the debates where the moderators and the debate commission have behaved like arms of the Joe Biden campaign," Cruz argued. 

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"I think at the first debate, I think Chris Wallace did a terrible job moderating. Last night, I think Susan Page did a better job moderating. She didn’t interrupt as much," he added.  

"Well, just to defend Chris Wallace, he's part of our family and it's not easy ... to moderate a debate," Earhardt later said. "And I've watched other moderators say sometimes when you're up there on stage — all the time when you're up there on stage and you're in charge of asking the questions, you see something different than what the audience is seeing at home. And it's a difficult situation."

"I thought Chris did a fine job. And he's one of our friends and he's part of our family, Ted Cruz," she added. 

"I understand," Cruz responded. 

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"All right, I just wanted to clarify that because we love him," Earhardt concluded. 

Wallace came under fire from Trump and some conservative media members following the first debate for what they described as serving as a second opponent for the president. 

Wallace has defended his performance, saying the president "bears the primary responsibility for what happened" during a chaotic event marred by insults and interruptions. 

"I had baked this beautiful, delicious cake and then frankly the president put his foot in it," Wallace told The New York Times on Oct. 1.