Chris Wallace defends Jill Biden: No one 'made a fuss' over calling Martin Luther King Jr. a 'doctor'

Fox News host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBill Gates: Goal of eliminating emissions by 2030 'completely unrealistic' Fox News's Chris Wallace praises Biden's discipline Klobuchar: Impeachment trial 'was about not hiding history' MORE on Sunday questioned attacks on incoming first lady Jill BidenJill BidenCan a common bond of service unite our nation? Biden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill MORE for using the honorific “doctor,” noting that numerous other people without a medical degree who have done the same.

“There has been some criticism recently from conservatives, including some conservatives on Fox News, about the fact that first lady-to-be Jill Biden goes by the title doctor,” Wallace said in an interview with incoming White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiSunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Biden: Facility for young migrants 'won't stay open very long' Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president MORE on "Fox News Sunday."

“I wonder, what is the Bidens’ reaction to that, especially given the fact that so many people over the years — I think of Dr. Henry Kissinger, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King — have gone by the title doctor even though they’re not medical doctors and nobody seems to have made a fuss about that,” he added.

Psaki agreed the criticism was “a bit perplexing,” contrasting it with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.

A Wall Street Journal op-ed earlier in December called on Biden, who has a doctorate in education, to drop the title. Fox News’s Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonTucker Carlson bashes CNN, claims it's 'more destructive' than QAnon Former Trump officials eye bids for political office Jill Biden picks up where she left off MORE also attacked Biden’s use of the honorific, calling her “illiterate” and attacking her dissertation as “pure nonsense.”

“The whole thing is just incredibly embarrassing and not simply to poor illiterate Jill Biden but to the college that considered this crap scholarship, embarrassing in fact to our entire system of higher education, to the nation itself,” Carlson said.

Biden responded to the op-ed in an interview with CBS’s Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertWithout Trump, late-night 'comedy' becomes even more insufferable Dolly Parton says she turned down medal from Trump administration twice Jon Stewart joins Twitter, defends Reddit GameStop traders MORE last week, saying, "It was really the tone of it. ... He called me 'kiddo.' One of the things I'm most proud of is my doctorate."