Fox News host Chris Wallace will find any reason to go after President Donald Trump and that includes his handling of coronavirus.
The veteran news anchor apparently has no idea how the Constitution works because what he asked the surgeon general was mind boggling.
He spoke to Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams on Sunday showed a video clip of the president saying he would leave lockdown decisions to the states.
“The Coronavirus is not a state issue, it doesn’t follow or respect state borders. Dr. Fauci says he believes there should be a national stay-at-home order. Is he wrong?” Wallace asked.
Adams explained to Wallace that the majority of the nation is following the CDC guidelines and that “we live in a country where we have a system of federalism.”
“More people will die even in the worst projections from cigarette smoking in this country than are going to die from coronavirus this year,” he said.
That puts a wrinkle in the gloom and doom prophecies that the media, including Wallace, have been peddling for weeks.
“What I would say to those governors is if you can’t give us a month, give us what you can. Give us a week. Give us whatever you can to stay at home during this particularly tough time,” he said.
But Wallace would not be deterred. Showing his lack of the basic fundamentals of the Constitution, he kept going.
“There’s a big difference between opioids and cigarettes, which are something that people decide to use or not to use, and the coronavirus, which people catch.
“It’s not an individual choice. And you know, when President Trump says that he is a wartime president, during World War II, FDR didn’t say, ‘Well, it’s up to each state to decide what to do,’ he mobilized the nation.
“Again, why not a national stay-at-home order? The coronavirus doesn’t recognize states’ rights, so does the federal analogy really work here?” he said.
Adams again had to explain the concept of federalism to Wallace and note that governors are “intensely protective of their right” to govern their states.
Wallace, not quitting on making the president look bad, then questioned the president promoting the drug hydroxychloroquine.
“As the nation’s top public health official, are you comfortable with people taking an unproven, untested drug, even people who don’t actually have the virus?” he said.
Note, the drug is neither unproven or untested. It has been around for decades and it has shown promising results around the world with coronavirus patients.
“We feel a little bit better regarding its safety than we do about a complete novel drug, even though this is being used at much higher doses, so we just want to able to facilitate physicians and patients having the conversation. That’s what I tell people, that’s what I hear the president tell people,” Adams said.
Wallace then switched tactics and started in on the president not following CDC recommendations and wearing a mask.
“Does that statement by the president send a mixed message about taking this recommendation seriously?” he said.
Adams said that the Centers for Disease Control guidelines are a commentary and “not a substitute for social distancing,”
“The White House doctors and Secret Service are taking pains to make sure everyone is social distancing in regards to the president, the vice president, and each other, and so the president is making a choice that’s appropriate for him,” he said.
Carmine Sabia Jr. is the Editor-At-Large for sabiareport.com and a syndicated columnist for The Federalist Papers, Illicit Info and others covering political news and current events.